Mistra Electrification

Mistra Electrification’s vision is to speed up a fair and competitive transition to a sustainable and efficient energy system.

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What is the challenge?

By 2045, Sweden should have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. Major societal change is necessary to achieve this target, not least in the Swedish energy system. This energy challenge is complex, so requires interdisciplinary research with a system perspective that studies everything from technical solutions and industrial competition, to how to ensure a fair transition.

How can this programme help find a solution?

Mistra Electrification’s vision is to speed up a fair and competitive transition to a sustainable and efficient energy system. The research programme has three primary aims. One is to describe technically feasible and cost-effective solutions that result in a fossil-free energy system, with a particular emphasis on electrification and sector integration. Another is to analyse how fossil-free technologies and fossil-free infrastructures can be implemented at the rate necessary to achieve Sweden’s emissions targets. And, finally, to show how the energy transition can support positive socioeconomic development. The programme objective involves technical, societal and economic methods and perspectives to increase the potential for an energy system in line with Sweden’s climate goal of net zero emissions by 2045. Technical results and conclusions will be balanced against political and societal feasibility.

“Along with the Swedish energy industry and Energiforsk, I believe that we will be able to demonstrate the huge potential found in integrating the energy sector with other industries, and provide good support for implementing this transition in the best possible way.”

Filip Johnsson, Programme Director for Mistra Electrification


Who will benefit from the results?

Instead of focusing on electricity, heat, transport and industry separately, the approach is electrification and sector integration. However, Mistra Electrification will emphasise studying the transport and industry sectors, the links between them and their relationship to the electricity system, to increase the understanding of how each sector can contribute to the transition. Case studies with the involved companies and other stakeholders will be an important part in ensuring that results can be applied and enjoy rapid uptake. Energiforsk is the programme host. Work is conducted in an interdisciplinary consortium with Chalmers University of Technology, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the University of Exeter, Lund University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Svenska Kraftnät, Stockholm Exergi, Fortum, Nordion Energi, Göteborg Energi, Vattenfall, Hitachi Energy, Egain and Utilifeed, as well as other stakeholders, are also participating in the programme.