Gotland showing the way to tomorrow’s energy systems
24 March 2021
The Swedish government has designated Gotland for a pilot project to pave the way for the energy transition facing all of Sweden. Stefan Ivanell, professor at the Department of Earth Sciences at Campus Gotland, talks about the project in this film.
“The goal of the Gotland pilot project is to lead the way, to identify synergies between various challenges and show how we can resolve the issues on a national and international level. My hope is that we will be able to take steps in this direction,” says Ivanell.
He and his research colleagues conduct research on wind power and energy transition. A great deal of their work on wind power concerns airflows and how best to place wind turbines. The research on energy transition involves social sciences issues as well as many engineering issues.
The transition to a fossil-free energy system, in Sweden and globally, is one of the great challenges of our time. For a successful transition to a sustainable energy system, there must be comprehensive research on, first, technology and, second, the behaviour and circumstances of electricity users. At Uppsala University, a lot of research is going on in this area.