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About the division of Energy Systems

Welcome to the division of Energy Systems KTH-dES.

Our research is based on a broad system perspective, where energy technology, innovation, and policy are linked to sustainable development. We develop quantitative models for optimizing energy systems and develop the basis for strategic decisions on investments, as well as policy. We carry out qualitative analyses regarding the impact of policies on the transition to a sustainable society. Also, synergies and trade-offs between the 169 targets of the 2030 Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals are carefully analyzed. Our perspective is global, and we collaborate with many countries and world organizations, some of which are IEA, UNDESA, UNESCAP, FAO, World Bank and SIDA.

Our vision

An equitable, sustainable and resilient low-carbon future.

Our mission

To support the development of sustainable societies through robust and transparent energy and resource systems research and training.

Research areas

Integrated Climate, Land, Energy and Water Systems

How do we plan and design systems which are better than their constituent parts? How do we take advantage of synergies, navigate trade-offs and avoid path-dependent traps?

Energy Access and Development

How can we meet the energy needs of the poorest at a price they can afford? How can we achieve SDG7?

Energy Systems and Innovation

What are the challenge-driven solutions for decarbonizing the transport sector? How can we apply novel sector coupling and integrated systems approaches in making low-carbon energy transition in cities?

Circular Economy & Resource Efficiency

What is the role of innovation in unlocking technological change in energy systems? How do innovations at the system level compare to individual technologies? How can we implement circular economy towards achieving sustainable development?

Sustainable Development Interlinkages and Management

What are the synergies and trade-offs across the sustainable development goals? How can we most effectively meet all of the goals?

Science-Policy-Society Interactions

How do we build capacity effectively? What is the best way to train government officials in the use of dES tools? How should we communicate findings from complex models? How can we use stakeholder knowledge?

Open Tools for Systems Science

How can scientific tools, data standards and methods be developed in an open and inclusive way? What drives adoption of open-source scientific tools?

Latest publications

M. Henrysson and C. Hendrickson, "Scope for Circular Economy Model in Urban Agri-Food Value Chains," in Sustainable Consumption and Production, Volume II : Circular Economy and Beyond, Ranjula Bali Swain and Susanne Sweet Ed., 1st ed. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp. 75-97.
F. Golzar and S. Silveira, "Implications of improved heat recovery in builidngs - a case study of Stockholm," in Applied energy symposium MIT A+B, 2020.
S. Balderrama et al., "Model-base cost evaluation of microgrids systems for rural electrification and energy planning purposes," in Proceedings of the ISES Solar World Congress 2019 and IEA SHC International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry 2019, 2020, pp. 1638-1647.
C. Bataille et al., "Net-zero deep decarbonization pathways in Latin America : Challenges and opportunities," Energy Strategy Reviews, vol. 30, 2020.
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Head of Division

Page responsible:Oxana Samoteeva
Belongs to: Energy Technology
Last changed: Oct 28, 2020