Research programmes & Cooperation projects

The national research programme Elektra is an important funder of research at electrotechnical institutions. The programme is, in turn, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency and the electric power industry via Elforsk. The programme is worth a total of SEK 80 million from 2013 to 2017. The new stage in the Elektra programme is to facilitate the transition of the energy system in a sustainable direction, help reduce power failures and contribute to a more efficient electricity grid and energy use. The Elektra programme and the funding that it offers are publicised at all Swedish institutes of higher education and most of the money goes to research students in electrotechnology and related subjects.

Swedish Centre for Smart Grids and Energy Storage (SweGRIDS)
SweGRIDS (Swedish Centre for Smart Grids and Energy) is a national platform for research and development in the area of electrical power engineering and storage. Its main partners are KTH, Uppsala University, ABB and Vattenfall. This is a long-term investment for 10 years that began in 2011. The research programmes have a strong connection to innovation projects initiated by the Swedish node in KICInnoEnergy on smart grids and storage. SweGRIDS funds PhD research projects at universities and university colleges.

KTH ACCESS Linnaeus Centre
Autonomic Complex Communication Networks, Signals and Systems (ACCESS) is one of Europe’s leading research centres in networked systems. The centre has an annual research budget of over SEK 100 million Swedish kronor (EUR 110 000) financed by the Swedish Research Council, the EU, VINNOVA, Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) and Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation (KAW) and consists of over 55 PhD-qualified researchers and over 100 PhD students. The research areas it covers include cyber-physical systems, communications infrastructure, big data, network-based services and security.

STandUP for Energy
STandUP for Energy is a cooperation project between Uppsala University, KTH, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Luleå University of Technology. The overarching objective for STandUP for Energy is to reduce the costs of large-scale, renewable electricity generation for the consumers and to develop cost-effective and energy-efficient hybrid and electric vehicles. STandUP develops new technologies for an effective and flexible control of the power system, improved flexible conversion systems and power transformers as well as new design of traditional components that can cope with future demands in a more flexible energy system. Another area of development is reliable distribution networks that allow small-scale electricity generation, central charging stations for electric vehicles and energy storage and methods for the optimisation of the ICT infrastructure for new consumer services.

North European Power Perspectives (NEPP)
The North European Power Perspectives (NEPP) research program takes a holistic approach to changes on the electricity market, demand and electric grids.
The participants are KTH, Electrical Energy Systems, Chalmers, Sustainable energy systems and electrical engineering, Profu and Sweco.

High Voltage Valley (HVV)
HVV is a neutral cooperation platform in Ludvika, where large multinational, ABB, smaller companies in the region, Sweden’s leading technical university colleges and public actors cooperate in order to strengthen the region’s position in the field of electric energy transfer based on electric power engineering.