KTH Energy Platform visited the ABE school
KTH Energy Platform makes annual visits to all schools to get an overview of the energy-related research that is conducted. The visit is an opportunity for the platform to learn more about energy-related research at the school and talk about how it can be strengthened and made visible. Pernilla Hagbert and Ulla Mörtberg are the ABE school's representatives in KTH Energy Platform.
The energy platform carried out its annual visit to ABE on Monday - can you tell us a bit about it?
"Last year's digital school visit offered a cavalcade of research from the ABE school's various departments. During this year's physical visit to the ABE school, a presentation was made instead with researcher presentations from the Departments of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering (SEED) and Urban Planning and Environment. The presented research addressed the entire scale from households' energy practices, energy modeling in the built environment, carbon dioxide storage in district heating systems and the socio-economic effects of wind power expansion. The school visit ended with a visit to KTH Architecture, where the Energy platform had a look at the lab for 3D-printed concrete and student projects in recycled concrete, two projects that in various ways can help reduce climate impact from the world's most used building materials."
What is your role in the Energy Platform?
"We are the ABE school's representatives in the Energy Platform's reference group, which includes all schools at KTH. The reference group meets regularly, even though during the pandemic it has been mainly digital, to provide input on issues and activities that KTH Energy Platform conducts. At present, the platform works, for example, with a popular science anthology, where the reference group has sought researchers from all over KTH who want to contribute with a chapter on energy-related research and challenges. From ABE, we have received several interested parties who will participate in the anthology."
What should researchers at ABE do if they want to be part of the energy platform?
"A strategically important issue is how the broad and today disseminated energy-related research within the ABE school can be strengthened and made visible. The Energy Platform is working on updating its website with thematic clusters and the idea is to link from there to researchers and research groups at ABE who work in various ways with energy issues and energy conversion. If you want to be seen in this context, get in touch with one of us! The Energy Platform's annual Energy Dialogue brings together researchers from KTH and societal partners for networking and discussion of new research findings in the energy field. The ABE school has previously been underrepresented, despite the fact that our researchers contribute valuable perspectives that complement other energy research at KTH, so we hope that more people will participate next year as well! Finally, there is also the opportunity to apply for funding through the energy platform to support collaborations between at least two schools at KTH in, for example, new energy-related research applications or other activities."
For example, during the autumn, support for a new research network on norm-critical energy and sustainability research, led by Pernilla Hagbert (Urban Planning and Environment), Loove Broms and Karin Erhnberger (SEED) and Elina Eriksson (EECS School) and Sara Ilstedt (ITM School). Look out for an invitation to the network's first seminar in the spring!