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Conference on energy conversion

Published: 25 August 2016

The conference Swedish Association for Energy Economics (SAEE) have during two days gathered academics, analysts, policy makers and industry players to discuss Sweden's energy transition.

One of the main speakers, Minister of Energy Ibrahim Baylan, talked a lot about the government and the parties' agreement that means a transition to a fully renewable power system in 2040. The Minister sees cooperation with the academy as a prerequisite for Sweden to reach its goal.

– A prerequisite to have succeeded in finding a broad political agreement was that we engaged research, stakeholders and the energy sector. We conducted seminars and workshops where we tried to raise our level of knowledge. Without it, I doubt that it had gone, says Ibrahim Baylan.

Many perspectives come together

The conference has touched many different perspectives and challenges of the future conversion of the energy system. Everything from the technology needed if we are to reduce carbon emissions, new infrastructure to distribute power from for example wind turbines and how the design of the electricity market can be improved.

– Our job as researchers is to include these issues when formulating our research, to try to help solve them, said Robert Lundmark, Professor of Economics at Luleå University of Technology and responsible for the conference.

The keynote speakers were Hans Kreisel, CEO Skellefteå Kraft, Mikael Odenberg, Director General of Svenska Kraftnät, Ibrahim Baylan, Minister of Energy, Anne Vadasz Nilsson, Director General of Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate, Tomas Kåberger, Professor of Chalmers University of Technology, and Torbjörn Wahlborg, Senior Executive of Vattenfall AB.

Moreover lectured more than 50 researchers from universities around Sweden, Denmark, USA, France, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany about research in the area. Robert Lundmark explains that many international researchers are interested in the Swedish and Nordic electricity markets.

How would you sum up the conference?

– It feels good. I am really satisfied. We have had good attendance, good speakers and presentations. I think many new seeds of partnerships have been sown. Discussions during the sessions have been constructive and interesting. I have been told that the participants were satisfied. It is great that there is such an interest in energy issues in Sweden. I'm particularly pleased with all of our PhD students' presentations. Energy research's development and future is based on them. We have a well developed and coherent energy research in several disciplines here in Luleå, concludes Robert Lundmark.