Possibilities to influence industrial energy use for increased energy efficiency and profitability

Through analyses of industrial energy use, via among other things modelling, the possibilities of influencing energy use to achieve increased energy efficiency and profitability, as well as reducing environmental and climate impact are studied. This is vital for the future competitiveness of Swedish industry. Technical and engineering studies are central to the work, but interdisciplinary influences are integrated, which also includes the user of the technology.

Research for increased industrial efficiency and profitability

The research team at Energy Systems, Linköping University, is one of the leading groups both nationally and internationally in research on industrial energy systems. The group is focussing on issues such as industrial energy management, well-designed government policy instruments, well-functioning energy services markets and applied industrial energy research concerning energy efficiency potentials. Within these areas methods and tools are addressed, and also issues regarding what prevents and drives improved energy efficiency among companies.

I work with analysis of industrial energy systems, including both large energy-intensive industries and industrial small and medium-sized manufacturing companies. The research is conducted on a high aggregation level and does not involve research on the components of the system. It is more related to how to connect various components together. The focuss is on the user side, with energy efficiency as a central concept. However, because research is conducted on a high level of aggregation, also the supply side is included in the work. This also means that cooperation between industries and between industries and the local community is included in the research. Areas I work in are comparisons of potentials, energy efficiency and technology, excess heat, energy-related policy instruments, the impact of the system boundary setting on industrial analysis, and issues relating to energy audits.

In addition to the manufacturing industry I work with energy-related biogas issues, especially the production of biogas in connection to companies, but also other biogas solutions. Also, I have vast experience in modelling of industrial energy systems based on optimisation, where I have been part in developing a tool for analysis. 

Postgraduate education in energy systems with interdisciplinarity as a key concept 

I am research director of studies for the postgraduate school Forskarskola Energisystem and the Energy Systems Programme. Within these research schools I, amongst others, am and have been responsible for a number of postgraduate courses, such as general energy systems courses and courses concerning interdisciplinary and systems theory. The work in the postgraduate schools has given me a good interdisciplinary foundation that is essential in the analysis of industrial energy systems.

Undergraduate education for an energy-efficient future

I am working and lecturing in a number of courses that the division of Energy Systems is organizing, where I teach everything from different energy supply technologies, such as wind power and solar energy, and industrial measures for reducing energy use, to systemic issues that need to be considered in the analysis of energy systems in general.

Ongoing research projects

  • Categorisation for benchmarking of industrial SME’s energy-using processes and efficiency
  • Energy management in the Swedish pulp and paper industry - barrier, drivers and general success factors
  • Increased energy efficiency in the value chains of aluminium industry - a carbon neutral industry in 2050

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  • Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering, Mid Sweden University College, Sweden, 1996
  • PhD, Linköping University, Sweden, 2002
  • Senior Lecturer, Linköping University, Sweden, 2009


I am course responsible for the courses:

  • TMES31 (Efficient Industrial Energy Systems/),
  • TMES43 (Analysis and Modelling of Industrial Energy Systems) 
  • TMES44 (Energy Systems - Supply and Demand)

 I teach in a great number of courses given by Energy systems, for exampel:
  • Industrial energy systems
  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Energy policy instruments


CEO and board member:
  • Nordic Energy Audit AB
Main supervisor for:
  • Sarah Broberg Viklund (Disputation 150925)
  • Emma Lindkvist
  • Joakim Haraldsson
Examining committee:
  • Jan-Olof Andersson (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, 140327)
  • Maria Eidenskog (Linköping University, Sweden, 150513 (backup))
  • Fredrik Starfelt (Mälardalen University College, Sweden, 150902)

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