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Mats Billstein, adjunct professor of fluid theory

Published: 10 November 2021

Mats Billstein is responsible for research for hydropower at Vattenfall R&D. With one foot in the industry and the other in the academy, he wants to strengthen the role of hydropower in the transition to a fossil-free society.

In Sweden, there are ambitious expansion plans for wind power, and solar energy is expected to play a significant role in the power system of the future. The role of hydropower becomes more important the more solar and wind power there is in the power system. This is something that motivates Mats Billstein and at the Älvkarleby Laboratory he has been instrumental in building up the laboratory environment in hydropower, which in many respects is world-leading. Here, for example, full-scale experiments are carried out to improve upstream and downstream fish migration past hydropower plants. By combining traditional ecology and fluid mechanics with AI and machine learning, passage solutions can be created that enable certain species to get past the power plant, while preventing other, invasive species. The unique infrastructure in the Älvkarleby Laboratory provides the conditions for further strengthening the collaboration with Luleå University of Technology, among other things by giving students and doctoral students the opportunity to experiment there.

In the project ECOHAB - Environmental Connectivity and Habitat , which is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, the Swedish Maritime Administration and Energiforsk, Mats Billstein has established a close collaboration between four different universities. The project is about developing environmental improvement measures without significant production losses to increase biodiversity, with a focus on fish migration and habitat improvement.

Mats Billstein, born in 1968 in Stockholm, defended his dissertation in 2000 at Luleå University of Technology with a dissertation on water construction and dam safety. In his spare time, he likes to engage in outdoor activities with the family or bird hunting with standing bird dogs.

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Mats Billstein, Adjunct Professor

Organisation: Fluid Mechanics, Fluid and Experimental Mechanics, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics