Om vår forskning

Gotlands hållbara energiomställning

Resurser, behov och planering

Studier inom projektet

Henry Korb forskar om tillgängliga resurser för förnybar energi på och omkring Gotland, med särskilt fokus på vindkraft. Läs mer om Henrys forskning

Lukas Dahlström tar fram scenarior för utvecklingen av framtidens energibehov och förslag på åtgärder som kan minska det. Läs mer om Lukas forskning

Gubb Marit Stigson undersöker hur människor uppfattar, förstår och relaterar till energisystem och en hållbar energiomställning på Gotland. Läs mer om Marits forskning

About the project

The project centers on the newly initiated Energy Pilot Gotland, aiming towards a 100% renewable energy system on the island. The ambition is to bridge social and technological challenges by simultaneously looking at the possibility of harnessing and producing more renewable energy, managing energy demand and also overcoming social challenges such as acceptance and participation at parish level. Gotland has conditions for production of renewable energy which is favorable for transitioning to a sustainable energy system and a strong entrepreneurial drive with committed citizens. On the one hand, this project can help to model the transition to renewable energy on the scale of entire countries, while also accounting for the unique circumstances on Gotland with its rich cultural heritage and its location within the Baltic Sea.

Resources

In this project the available resources of renewable energy will be examined. Within this area the main focus will be on wind energy and especially fast high-fidelity simulations of wind farms. The existing tools for simulation will be extended to increase their accuracy and allow for more realistic scenarios. Due to Gotland’s location in the Baltic Sea, wind resources are plentiful and of great interest to wind farm developers. However, the intermittency of wind and changing demands make careful management of power production necessary. Therefore, one of the goals of this project is the development of effective farm control strategies that meet the demands by the energy grid. The project will also examine the role of other renewable energy sources such as solar power, when combined with a grid relying mostly on wind energy.

Demand

This project is about the actual use of energy on Gotland. Apart from studying the current energy demand and how it has changed throughout history this project will develop scenarios for the development of Gotland’s future energy demand and suggest sustainable options for reducing it. This will be done by quantifying and predicting the transport and building energy demand and further developing a spatio-temporal urban-scale simulation model of Gotland, using several different state-of-the-art engineering techniques. The fact that a major part of the building stock of the island is made up of historic buildings with major heritage values will also be taken into account.

Planning

This project will focus on how people understand and relate to the energy system and the energy transition project on Gotland. The aim is to increase knowledge of how citizens perceive and affect changes in landscape, housing and everyday life in regards to energy transition and how these insights can be of use to planners and policy makers on different levels. The project focuses on aspects of human geography within the scope of sustainable energy development, adding social perspectives to research currently relying heavily on technical innovation and natural science. The methods used will consist of interviews, focus groups, observations and surveys and will target local citizens, small scale businesses and projects within the energy sector, as well as planners, politicians and other policy makers. 

Henry Korb

I am part of the research project Gotland’s Sustainable Energy System Transition, where I will conduct the research in the area of resources. In this project I will examine the available resources for renewable energy on and around Gotland, mainly focussing on wind power. To do so I will develop and apply high-fidelity simulations of possible wind farms and use these simulations to develop effective control strategies, which become increasingly important with a grid heavily relying on wind energy as its main power source.

About me

I come from a background of mechanical engineering and specifically fluid dynamics. My research has been focussed on fast high-fidelity simulations of aerodynamics via the lattice-Boltzmann method, both of bluff bodies and wind farms. On top of that I have examined the application of Reinforcement Learning for active flow control in the context of wind farm control.

Supervisors

  • Stefan Ivanell, Department of Earth Sciences
  • Joakim Widén, Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering
  • Hugo Olivares, Department of Earth Sciences
  • Karl Nilsson, Department of Earth Sciences

Henry Korb

Doktorand vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, Vindenergi

E-post:
henry.korb[AT-tecken]geo.uu.se
Mobiltelefon:
0498-108457

Lukas Dahlström

I am part of the project in Gotland’s sustainable energy system transition where my PhD studies will focus on the topic of the energy demand. Apart from studying the current energy demand and how it has changed throughout history this project will develop scenarios for the development of Gotland’s future energy demand and suggest sustainable options for reducing it. This will be done by quantifying and predicting the transport and building energy demand and further developing a spatio-temporal urban-scale simulation model of Gotland, using several different state-of-the-art engineering techniques. The fact that a major part of the building stock of the island is made up of historic buildings with major heritage values will also be taken into account.

About me

I come from a background in Energy Systems engineering with my main field in renewable energy sources, after a year of studying environmental science and chemistry. My greatest over-arching academic interest has always been sustainable development and the science behind developing new technologies for a better future. I am interested in whole system perspectives and especially in smart systems and cities, simulations and the relations between engineering sciences and our society.

Supervisors

  • Joakim Widén, Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering
  • Tor Broström, Department of Art History

Lukas Dahlström

Doktorand vid Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och industriell teknik, Byggteknik och byggd miljö

E-post:
lukas.dahlstrom[AT-tecken]angstrom.uu.se

Gubb Marit Stigson

I am part of the research project Gotland’s sustainable energy system transition where my PhD studies will focus on the topic of planning. The project will investigate how people perceive, understand and relate to the energy system and the energy transition project on Gotland.  The aim is to further increase knowledge in planning practices and policy making in favor of sustainable development on Gotland towards a 100% renewable energy system.

About me

My academic background consists of a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning - urban and regional development, a Master’s degree in human geography, as well as gender studies and studies of political science. In my former research I have focused primarily on gender equality from a planning perspective, looking at methods to increase gender equality in usage of public places for spontaneous physical activities, and vulnerability in resistance as a means to mobilize against dismantling of maternal healthcare in rural regions in Sweden. 

Beside my studies I have spent many years working as a part time politician on municipal, regional and national level, last at Region Gotland. My political engagements have regarded housing, transportation, physical planning, climate and environmental issues and animal rights. 

Supervisors

  • Stefan Ivanell, Department of Earth Sciences
  • Johanna Liljenfeldt, Department of Earth Sciences
  • Gustaf Leijonhufvud, Department of Art History
Senast uppdaterad: 2022-04-26