Yearly Archives: 2019
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Meet our theme leaders

The SEC introduces our new concept, Meet our theme leaders. Get a glimpse of what our theme leaders do within the SEC and get to know the amazing people behind our centre. First to tell us his story is Oskar Wallmark, thematic leader of Electrical machines, drive systems and charging. The video is in Swedish.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

SEC Newsletter December 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

Call for projects – November 2019

Call for projects within Swedish Electromobility Centre

Call and evaluation of project proposals

Swedish Electromobility Centre is a node for research and development of electric transport and charging infrastructure. Our driving force is the development of sustainable and energy efficient transportation. We perform industry relevant research and study different e-mobility technologies to assess their potential.  Swedish Electromobility Centre is founded by the Swedish Energy Agency in partnership with Swedish automotive industry and academia.

The centre carries out research within System studies and methods, Electrical machines and drives, Energy storage, Electromobility in society and Vehicle to grid. More information about the centre and research areas applicable to the centre can be found at the centre’s web page Swedish Electromobility Centre.

Swedish Electromobility Centre finances three types of projects, see “Project information”.
In this call we will finance:

  • 10 PhD-projects,max three years with up to 3 MSEKper project.
  • Feasibility studies for larger projectswith up to 200 kSEK per project

Next call, to be announced mid-spring 2020, will finance Studies and Cross-thematic projects.

The projects should be within the scope of one or more thematic areas and contribute to the centre as a whole and every project must include at least one industrial partner. The projects should be co-financed with more or equal amounts in-kind as the funding from the SEC amounts to.  All projects must be finished by 30 June 2023 when the centre’s fourth stage closes.

The general evaluation criteria for projects are, for further information concerning evaluation see “Project application evaluation”.

  • Relevance for the centre
  • Contribute to the objectives in the centre
  • Efficiency for the theme and the centre
  • Quality on the application
  • Beneficial for the industry and academy
  • Close exchange with industry partners. One example is that the industry partner hosts a PhD student for some months of the project
  • Planned publications in the project

The projects applications will be reviewed by the full partners and the program partners of the centre and the recommendation of funding will then be decided by the program council with representatives from our full partners AB Volvo, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, CEVT, Scania CV AB, Volvo Car Corporation and Uppsala University.

Any of our partner can apply for funding but the funding should be financing academic researchers.  All partner organisations can take part in the proposed project activities. The total number of financed projects will be about 15-20 depending on their budget. Upon financing the “Project manager agreement” will be signed by the project manager.

Please also note that regular knowledge exchange is an essential part of the centre and its projects. If your project is granted, you are expected to arrange workshops/seminars and take part in thematic activities.

The centre has currently very few female researchers and PhD students. We welcome all project applications but hope to include more female researchers in our network, so please do not hesitate to send in an application.

Time and budget frame
Duration (max): 1 March 2020 – 30 June 2023.
Budget frame: Max 3-year PhD project and 1 MSEK/year.
Feasibility studies max 200 000 SEK.

Application template and deadline
The projects should be applied for by using the center’s application template “Project application”. You have the possibility to include one appendix (max 3 pages) with images and tables, supporting the project description. Send to and mark the mail with “Project application”.

The centre needs your application latest 15 January 2020 14.00

Good luck and welcome with your application!

Application document
Project application template.doc

Important information documents. Read before submitting the project application.
Project Information.pdf
Project Application Evaluation.pdf
Project Manager Agreement.pdf

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Batteries + graphene = the future?

Photo: Shutterstock/David Naylor

What are the challenges and possibilities in making more efficient and lighter batteries? Is graphene the answer? Daniel Brandell, our thematic leader for Energy Storage, helped organise the Graphene Battery Workshop in Uppsala recently.

– When the interest in graphene rapidly grew in connection to the 2010 Nobel Prize, many people imagined that the material could seriously compete with other carbon-based electrode materials for Li-ion batteries, says Daniel Brandell.
On November 28th, some 60 participants gathered in Uppsala to learn more about the potentials around the combination of graphene and batteries.

The workshop was organised by Uppsala University, Battery 2030+ and SIO Grafen. The lecturers established that it is not primarily as an active battery material that graphene has its merits.
– However, there are a number of other battery applications where graphene is probably interesting. On the one hand, graphene can create more efficient electrodes for the poorly electron-conducting active materials that are easily soluble in most electrolytes, for example sulfur or organic materials, says Daniel Brandell.

Works as a stabilizer
Graphene can also stabilize materials that otherwise have a problematic surface chemistry, such as silicon.
– And as an electrically conductive component, graphene adds very little mass. The critical issue then is to bring down the price of graphene and the environmental impact of the production process, says Daniel Brandell.

The low cost is otherwise a weighty argument for many of the next generation of battery materials, but if the price of the cell eventually becomes higher due to expensive additives, not much is gained.
– At the same time, the reproducibility of graphene must be greater and the material more well defined – at present there is a big difference between graphene and graphene, which obviously makes it problematic to determine the battery performance. Still, much of the graphene development is moving in the right direction, which means we can anticipate more and better implementations in different types of batteries going forward.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Welcome to Di Stora mobilitetsdagen

Linda Olofsson, Director of the Swedish Electromobility Centre, participates in the panel on Di Stora Mobilitetsdagen, December 10 at Scandic Infracity in Uppland’s village!

We are in the midst of the digital transformation where fast, sustainable and cost-effective mobility is becoming increasingly important for the development of society. If Sweden is to continue to be a competitive country, well-functioning mobility is crucial where the car industry is a major building block.

Big car days have long been Sweden’s premier meeting place for the Swedish and international car industry. This year, we are putting in an even higher gear and upgrading to a larger room and changing our name to the Great Mobility Day.

On December 10 at Scandic Infra city in Stockholm you will receive the latest update on the possibilities of the automotive industry in a digitalized world and how the development of the cars of the future looks.

What is going on at the big car companies in the industry? How do we address the challenges of the charging infrastructure for electric cars and the ethical and economic aspects of battery manufacturing? What mobility services are about to break through? What global trends do we see and how do the needs, wishes and priorities of the motorist of the future change?

During this whole day you will have the opportunity to listen to and network with the decision makers who set the trends for the car industry and the future transport system. Here you meet leading international players who give their views on the challenges and prospects of the automotive industry.

Read more and sign up here