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Energy Engineering

Energy engineering concerns the development of technologies and processes in order to build a sustainable energy supply. The research focuses on bioenergy technologies and energy efficiency in industry and society.

In our activities we combine work at systems/components level with detailed studies of the energy conversion process. The research is often conducted in collaboration with companies, governmental organizations, policy makers and other interested parties and, perhaps first and foremost, together with colleagues from industry, various universities and research institutes.

Our research and education combine science with industrial experience and practice. Our engineers and research results create a sustainable future.


We offer a varied range of courses covering anything from basic thermodynamic processes to more advanced applications. Our courses are chiefly aimed at students in the Sustainable Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Climate Physics Engineering and Electrification Master Programme, but they can also be studied by other students with a suitable educational background.


Research on the subject is divided into the areas of:

Thermochemical conversion processes: in the area the research is targeted at production of fuels, materials, electricity and heat through combustion, gasification and pyrolysis of fuels.

Ionic liquids for energy applications: the long term goal of our research within the area is to understand, simulate and evaluate ionic liquids for different applications, e.g. gas separation & -conversion, batteries, absorption cycles, etc.

Energy efficiency: in the area, we study aspects related to energy efficiency at component, process and system level, with focus in particular on buildings and industry.

Energy system analysis:  within the area, the research is targeted at the transition to a sustainable future, including but not limited to, studies related to new technologies, process integration and policy measures, as well as to overall energy systems aspect on local, urban, national and supranational level.

We participate for example in the following centers / large research environments: Bio4Energy, Trees For Me, CESTAP, Arctic Center of Energy, CH2ESS, Creaternity and SUN

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Investment in biocarbon for fossil-free iron and steel production

Research groups and technology development companies are participating in a newly started project where they are taking major steps towards phasing out the use of fossil coal in the iron and steel industry in Sweden. The focus is on research into the production of biocarbon. Professor Kentaro Umeki at Luleå University of Technology will participate and lead a large part of the project, which is supported by the Swedish Energy Agency with 12 million sek.

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Hydrogen provides land-efficient production of biofuels

Brazil is the world's second largest producer of biofuels. A new international research study involving Luleå University of Technology shows that the production of renewable fuels from sugarcane in Brazil can be increased by more than 40 percent, without cultivating more land. With the help of hydrogen, each sugarcane is better used in biofuel production.

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Prestudy on hydrogen infrastructure around the Bothnian Bay

Building a high-pressure pipeline for hydrogen around the Bothnian Bay is a huge infrastructure investment that is now being analyzed by the research institute RISE and Luleå University of Technology. The goal is to develop scenarios and solutions for the role of hydrogen in the energy system.