Energy Transition Gotland

Project Description

The Uppsala University project in Energy Transition on Gotland was designed to start a long-term joint venture towards a new research area. The project links Gotland’s unique conditions, ongoing research activities and educational initiatives on energy transition and wind power. To respond accurately to this interdisciplinary challenge, different researchers from relevant fields were selected, e.g.:

  • Renewable energy
  • Planning and acceptance
  • Energy efficiency and storage 
  • Climate change
  • Transportation

Project Goal

The goal with this new project is to map the necessary pieces to make Gotland’s energy system 100% renewable. The purpose is to create a foundation for further research within the fields where the strategies for implementation of the energy system will develop, bringing together competences from different departments universities.

Research Team

Project Leader
  • Stefan Ivanell (UU, Earth sciences)

Other partners

  • Anneli Ekblom: Associate Professor (UU, Arqueology)
  • Carmen Medina: Project coordinator (UU, Office for Science and Technology)
  • Christopher Juhlin: Professor (UU, Earth Sciences, Geophysics)
  • Daniel Sopher:  Post Doc (UU, Earth Sciences, Geophysics)
  • Heracles Polatidis: Associate Professor  (UU, Earth sciences, Wind Energy)
  • Joakim Munkhammar: Assistant Professor (UU, Engineering, Solid State Physics)
  • Joakim Widén: Associate Professor (UU, Engineering, Solid State Physics)
  • Johanna Liljenfeldt, Post doc (UU, Earth sciences, Wind Energy)
  • José Pedro Da Silva Soares, Research Assistant (UU, Earth sciences, Wind Energy)
  • Karl Nilsson, Lecturer/Researcher (UU, Earth sciences, Wind Energy)
  • Kristina Edström: Professor (UU, Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory, Structural Chemistry)
  • Magdalena Kuchler: Associate Senior Lecturer (UU, Earth Sciences, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development)
  • Sanna Mels: Lecturer (UU, Earth sciences, Wind Energy)
  • Tor Broström: Professor (UU, Art History, Conservation)

External Partners

  • Anders Malmquist: Associate Professor (KTH, Energy Technology / HTP)
  • Moritz Wegener: Post Doc (KTH, Energy Technology / HTP)
  • Thomas Norrby: Seniore Extension Specialist (SLU, Division of Rural Development)

Reference group

  • Austerland Energi
  • Cementa
  • Energimyndighetern
  • GEAB
  • Lanstbrukarnas Riskförbund (LRF)
  • Länstyrelsen
  • Region Gotland

Long-term goal

A long-term commitment to a new research area that closely links Gotland’s conditions, ongoing research as well as education initiatives on energy transition and wind power.

Main tasks

To accomplish the project objective Gotland’s conditions, system requirements and main challenges regarding this energy and societal transition need to be identified and assessed. The project tasks are divided as follows:

  • Identify today’s energy production and assess renewable potential
  • Identify today’s energy use and assess energy efficiency potential
  • Identify system solutions: balance of production and use
  • Identify changing conditions from a societal perspective
  • Make available research results for the new international bachelor program in Energy Transition and Sustainable Leadership
  • Create of an interdisciplinary environment within the university and with external actors

List of related projects

  • Austerland Energi
  • OFF GRID Gotland - Renewable Energy for rural development
  •  REACT – Renewable Energy for self-sustAinable islands CommuniTies (Horizon 2020 project)
  • Transport Project Länstyrelsen


Stefan Ivanell - Project Leader

Email: // Tel: +46 (0)18 471 83 60

Johanna Liljenfeldt - Project Coordinator

Email: // Tel: +46 (0)70 19 46 09