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Symposium: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Energy in the coming 100 years

19 mar. 2015, 08:00 - 17:00
Luleå, D770, Luleå tekniska universitet
Publicerad: 10 mars 2015

March 19th, 2015
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden


Renewable Energy is an Area of Excellence in research and innovation at Luleå University of Technology. The area aims to contribute with research and novel technologies enabling the development of a society that uses nature's finite resources in a sustainable way, offering a healthy and vital life for present and future generations.

Humanity is facing global challenges in the energy sector. First of all, climate change - the use of fossil fuels and other human activities lead to a strong increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, affecting the climate beyond its natural variability. Fossil fuels, the main source of energy today, are finite resources concentrated in a few regions resulting in geopolitical tension and conflicts. The earth population is continuously increasing and less people live below the poverty line requiring more and more energy. The energy mix is slowly but certainly changing with the introduction of intermittent energy resources, e.g. wind power and solar cells, which introduces new problems.

To ensure a sustainable use of energy, novel techniques and systems based on domestic resources need to be applied. But what exactly is the actual situation, which alternatives do we have and how should we deal with these issues? To provide some perspectives for creative discussions, this symposium will give an overview of the energy use in the world and scenarios for the future. For this purpose, nationally and internationally renowned researchers will address specific issues related to energy: today and tomorrow.


Time Title Speaker
08:00 – 08:45 What does science tell us about climate change? Michael Tjernström, Stockholm University
08:45 – 09:30 Overview of global & regional energy use and scenarios for the future Björn Kjellström, Luleå University of Technology
09:30 – 10:00 Coffee and discussion  
10:00 – 10:45 Current trends in renewable power production in the world Tomas Kåberger, Chalmers University of Technology
10:45 – 11:30 Energiewende, the methanol economy and power to gas Alberto Varone, IASS, Potsdam
11:30 – 13:00 Lunch  
13:00 – 13:45 How is climate change affecting the Arctic region today? Börge Ousland, Polar Explorer
13:45 – 14:30 What is happening in nuclear energy and does it have a place in the future energy system? Henryk Anglart, KTH
14:30 – 15:15 Coffee and discussion  
15:15 – 16:00 Smart sustainable cities of the future Mattias Höjer, KTH (to be confirmed)
16:00 – 17:00 Panel discussion about sustainability, climate, energy and the future  

Michael Tjernström is a professor in Meteorology at Stockholm University since 14 years and specializes in atmospheric small-scale dynamics and its importance for climate processes. Prior to Stockholm University, he was a lecturer at Uppsala University where he also got his PhD in 1988, but his career started as an Air force weather forecaster 35 years ago. His primary research interests are climate processes in the Arctic, especially the effects of clouds and the energy exchange at the surface of the Arctic Ocean, and he has lead three meteorological expeditions on the icebreaker Oden to the high Arctic, the latest in the summer of 2014. He has published about 100 papers in scientific peer review journals, presented many hundreds of conference papers and is frequently appearing in the climate debate, in national and local media."

Björn Kjellström is a retired professor of energy engineering at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden and is now active as an independent consultant for energy planning, bioenergy utilization and combined heat and power generation. He started his engineering research career in the nuclear industry where he spent 18 years contributing to the development of the thermohydraulic design basis for the Swedish boiling water reactors. Serious concerns about the safety of nuclear power plants made him leave this industry in 1976. Since then he has been engaged in research, development and consulting for promotion of bioenergy in Sweden and developing countries. He was member of the Swedish Energy Commission 1976-78 and chairman of its expert group for environment and safety and has later been member or expert in several government commissions on energy and nuclear policy.

Tomas Kåberger is a professor of industrial energy policy at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and chairman of Japan Renewable Energy Foundation. He serves on the boards of investment funds and companies and chairs the industrial European Biofuel Technology Platform. Academically, he has an engineering background and a PhD in physics, and a degree in environmental science and various visiting positions at Zhejiang University, Technische Universität München and Lund University. He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and of the Swedish Society of Energy Economists. He has served as managing director or president of the board of several companies providing renewable energy technologies, fuels or power. In the policy field, Kåberger has been appointed to several government commissions on energy and environmental policies, and on boards of international organizations in those fields. During 2012 he served as vice chairman of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi. During 2008–2011 he held the position of director general of the Swedish National Energy Agency.

Alberto Varone works as Senior Scientist at IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. in Potsdam, Germany.
He is engaged in fundamental energy and environmental research both from the theoretical and experimental perspectives. The Earth, Energy and Environment - (E³) Cluster, under the responsibility of the IASS Scientific Director, Prof. Carlo Rubbia, is exploring new scientific and technological approaches to transform the current energy technologies, based mainly on the combustion of fossil fuels, into sustainable and climate-friendly solutions. Alberto Varone presently leads the Recovery of CO₂ for the production of methanol Research Programme; the aim of the research project is to produce technical and economical assessments of relevant technologies for sustainable fuels production from renewable energies and captured CO2.

Børge Ousland is a Norwegian polar explorer, photographer and writer. He made the first unassisted Antarctic solo crossing 2006. He ventured to the South Pole 2005 and 2006 he concluded a journey to the North Pole. September 2010, Ousland's team aboard "The Northern Passage" completed the circumnavigation of the North Pole. In December 2011 he traversed Antarctica to the South Pole for the centennial celebration of the first expedition to reach the Pole.

Henryk Anglart is a professor in Nuclear Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He is a head of the Reactor Technology Division and a deputy head of the Physics Department in School of Engineering Sciences. He also serves as a director of CEKERT Center for Research and Education in Nuclear Engineering at KTH. His main areas of research include thermal-hydraulics of nuclear reactors, current and future reactor designs and nuclear reactor safety margins. He has published over 130 journal and conference peer-reviewed papers, three books and several book chapters.

Mattias Höjer is professor in Environmental strategies and futures studies at KTH. He is also Director of the Vinnova Centre of Excellence Centre for Sustainable Communications, CESC. Mattias has a long-standing experience in futures studies, especially backcasting studies of low-energy-societies. He is currently working in a project on scenarios and impacts of information societies and in another project assembling Swedish actors within the area of Smart sustainable cities to a national Strategic innovation agenda.


D770, Luleå University of Technology


The symposium is free of charge and no registration prior the symposium is needed.


Rikard Gebart

Rikard Gebart, Professor

Telefon: 0920-492196
Organisation: Energiteknik, Energivetenskap, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik
Ulrika Rova

Ulrika Rova, Professor

Telefon: 0920-491315
Organisation: Biokemisk processteknik, Kemiteknik, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser
Michel Cervantes

Michel Cervantes, Professor

Telefon: 0920-493014
Organisation: Strömningslära, Strömningslära och experimentell mekanik, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik