SEC in Sweden’s electrification commission
Linda Olofsson, director of SEC has been appointed to participate in the Swedish government’s commission for electrification. “The goal is completely in line with what we at the SEC work with and it is a great opportunity for us to contribute to the energy transition”, says Linda Olofsson.
The commission’s purpose is to accelerate the electrification of the transport sector. The commission will contribute to the government as a counceling body to ensure exchange between the government and industry, reseach and society.
“The commission will be an engine for the wanted electrification, because this is something the government can’t do alone”, says Tomas Eneroth, Minister for Infrastructure in a press event where he presented the commission and its work.
“I look forward to this assignment. The work of increasing the pace of electrification is very important and much needed. Collaboration is the way forward to enable large-scale electrification and sustainable transport”, says Linda Olofsson.
The commission’s mission will be to investigate the need and possibilities for electrification through hydrogen, urgently develop an activity plan for electrification of the roads with the heaviest traffic, map how the electrification of the shipping industry and flight can be accelerated and investigate the needs and possibilities for finance.
The commission will also have a special focus on heavy transportation in a near future.
The Emobility day 2020 – ”World-class” says chairman
The annual Emobility days became a densely packed one-day event with lots of interesting presentations and communication between the themes of the centre. “World-class” says Centre chairman Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt.
It was an exciting day. It is very rare that I spend a full day in a digital forum – but here I found so much useful that I just couldn’t leave. Highlights from the day are that we within the center span an entire universe of relevant electromobility research. Everything from research on the innermost chemical properties of batteries via energy-efficient electrical machines, power electronics and vehicle systems to how society can and needs to change. We close the circle by researching the life cycle impact of the components. World-class!
What is the biggest benefit that comes out of a day like this?
I think the biggest benefit of the day is that all stakeholders involved can take part in research from all the different parts of the center. In this way, new insights are created, and new contacts are made within the center. This makes our research even more relevant.
Can you compare with previous years? Did it work even though it was online?
I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how well the day worked, even though we could not meet physically. The upside of having virtually no restrictions on the number of participants and that we avoid the environmental impact that travel creates in previous years outweighs all the small technological glitches and the habit of being completely digital. However, I miss the physical presence from previous years and the direct feedback to the lecturers from the audience’s interested and participating faces. Not least the giggles at any attempt at jokes and the applause after the presentations. But we will surely find good substitutes for it when we get more used to this.
Any other observations?
I think that the set-up and arrangement with active breaks – coffee info and tough Quiz was great. Extra fun to see how competitive we as participants were – and that despite Power Googling after answers to the questions, no one was right. A big thank you to everyone who arranged this day!
SEC theme leader receives award for best paper
Lars Eriksson, theme leader for SEC theme 1, System Studies and Methods, receives a best paper award in the International Federation of Automatic Control’s Control Engineering Practice Paper Prize.
Congratulations Lars! What does the award mean to you and your team?
The award is given by the scientific journal, Control Engineering Practice, which is the journal I value the most, so I am very happy that we get to be acknowledged by them. The journal has a focus on best practice for active engineers and is highly respected when it comes to control technology applications, which makes it possible for researchers to display how to apply their research in reality. Contributing to the energy transition is a strong motivator for me and this is a proof of that we are successful, which makes me glad.
What is the paper about and how is it related to SEC?
The paper is called “Adaptive feedforward control of exhaust recirculation in large diesel engines” and is a verification of a technical concept in a product that is running in an existing system. The technology is actually out sailing the oceans right now, contributing to reduced NOX-emissions. The technology is really about a control system in large marine diesel engines, more specifically the control of exhaust gas recirculation, but it could easily be applied also in hybrid electric vehicle systems. The main similarities lie in the method to build mathematical models, analyze the system properties, and develop control systems that reduce the energy demand.
Any possible collaborations within SEC, between the themes, with industry?
The models that we have developed can be of use for other SEC themes as well. And we could also collaborate around extending the model, e.g. more knowledge about batteries would be beneficial for inclusion in the vehicle model. Possible collaborations could be about figuring out how different control strategies effect the engine and batteries in a hybrid electric vehicle. We also do research on smart batteries in trucks, where we collaborate with Scania in a virtual truck simulator. We have already used the vehicle model to extract the load that is demanded from the battery pack in an electric truck.
Call for projects – No.2 2020
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:
- 4 PhD-projects,max three years with up to 3 MSEK per project and 1 MSEK/year.
- Prestudies for larger projects with up to 200 kSEK per project
- Studies (including cross-thematic projects)
- Research project (Study)<2 years: Max 1 MSEK
- Research project (Study)>2 years: Max 2 MSEK
The projects should be within the scope of one or more thematic areas and contribute to the Centre as a wholeandevery 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. Please contact industrial partner early in the application process, since industry needs time to anchor internally.
The general evaluation criteria for projects are, for further information concerning evaluation see “Project application evaluation”.
- Relevance for the Centre
- Contribute to the SEC objectives
- Contribute to the fulfillment to the theme roadmap
- Quality on the application (make sure you have the latest version of the template)
- 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 fundingwill then be decided by the program councilwith 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. 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 October 2020 – 30 June 2023 (PhD project can be extended to 31 December 2023).
Budget frame: Max 3-year PhD project and 1 MSEK/year. Prestudy max 200 000 SEK.
Studies<2 year max 1 MSEK. Studies>2 years max 2 MSEK.
Application template and deadline
The projects should be applied for by using the center’s application template “Project application” provided below. Please note that we will not consider applications using any other template or older versions of this template. You have the possibility to include one appendix (max 3 pages) with images and tables, supporting the project description. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark the mail with “Project application”.
The Centre needs your application latest 1 September 2020 14.00
Good luck and welcome with your application!
Project application template 200226.docx
Document for the thematic roadmaps
Theme 1 roadmap, system studies and methods .pdf
Theme 2 roadmap, Electrical machines, drive systems and charging.pd
Theme 3 roadmap, Energy storage.pdf
Theme 4 roadmap, Electromobility in society.pdf
Theme 5 roadmap, Interaction between vehicles and grid.pdf
Call: 80 MSEK for R&I in electromobility
80 MSEK for feasibility studies and projects supporting the electrification of the transport sector is now available in a Swedish Energy Agency call.
The authority specifically welcomes applications with a focus on test method development, test system development and modeling. Deadline is 30 September, 2020.