– If the evaluation of the course will be good, we will give the course again, maybe annually if there is enough interest, says Rikard Gebart, Professor of Energy Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.
Winter School - Energy Transition in the Nordic north
Winter School - Energy Transition in the Nordic north, for PhD students, is the first course to be jointly given, since the signing of a "Joint Arctic Agenda" between Luleå University of Technology, University of Tromsø, Finnish University of Lapland in Rovaniemi and Oulu University, in September 2016. The aim is to significantly strengthen research and education in the region. There are a large number of areas where these universities have common and complementary skills, such as technology in a cold climate, raw materials, mining and health care in rural areas. Joint Arctic Agenda cooperation involves education, research and innovation as well as organization of conferences, workshops and the like.
Energy supply in the Nordic countrie
The theme of this first joint pHd student course was, energy trasition in the Arctic. It began with lectures at the University of Oulu. The lectures focused among other things on the energy crisis in the world, evolution of energy systems, distributed energy, transforming the energy supply in the Nordic countries - opportunities and obstacles and social aspects of smart energy systems.
Then the participants on the course went to Sweden and Luleå University of Technology. They visited Piteå, Jokkmokk, Porjus, Kiruna and Abisko Mountain Station. Lecturers from the University of Lapland and Luleå University of Technology gave lectures on forest based biorefinery, the rights of indigenous peoples in the context of energy development projects: theory and practice in the Arctic, thermochemical and biochemical conversion of biomass to chemicals and biofuels, challenges to hydropower in the modern energy system, winter city district heating and wind power in the arctic region.
The Phd students also did sightvisits in the mining museum inside the LKAB mine, the historical power plant in Porjus, Aurora spotting in Abisko and the SunPine AB tall diesel plant.
The course was completed in Narvik with workshops about energy transition in the Arctic.