Electric power generation and electromagnetic energy conversion are, since July 2000, a new area of education and research within the division for electricity at Uppsala university and Uppsala University School of Engineering.
The basic education as well as the research in this area is focused on environmentally friendly industrial applications of Maxwell’s electromagnetic equations and of other basic physical laws in conventional and complementary electromagnetic systems for production and distribution of electric power and for energy storage systems.
Complementary energy sources such as wind power, wave power and marine currents are of particular interest. The research work is mainly focused on the utilisation of basic physical laws for creating sustainable solutions for the future, with optimal efficiency and minimal environmental impact.
Cross-disciplinary contacts and co-operation constitute an important part of both basic education and research, because this area, in spite of its basic technico-physical character, is central to vital parts of the infrastructure and the production of goods and services in the modern society.
Co-operation with the industry and field experiments form another important part of the education and research, since the activities on all levels are focused on industrial applications. Even in purely fundamental research projects it is therefore important to, whenever possible, seek co-operation with the industry in order to create possibilities for measurements and experiments in full-scale installations and plants.
Electric power consumption and energy economy will thus be two valuable complementary side areas within social science. The aim is to improve the basis for decisions within the society and companies, and, in combination with the scientific achievements being made in the basic activities, give a thorough overall picture of present and future needs and possibilities within technically, environmentally and economically sustainable electric energy production.
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
The deleterious effects of electromagnetic fields, currents and voltages on complex electrical and electronic systems and design of protection to reduce these effects is the subject of research in this area. The sources of electromagnetic interference (EMI) can be lightning discharge, electrostatic discharge (ESD), different types of industrial equipments, or even those created intentionally. Education on EMC at both under-graduate and post-graduate level are offered.
Plasma Science and Plasma Engineering deal with applications of gas discharge plasma to processes and devices. The Applied Plasma Group has been involved over the years with R&D in plasma sources, plasma processes and plasma applications ranging from surface plasma treatment to solution of environmental pollution problems. Read more http://www.engineering.uu.se/plasma
Design of lightning protection systems can only be successful if accurate mathematical models are used, capable of properly reproducing the different phenomena produced by lightning discharges. The lightning research group has therefore a goal to fully understand the mechanisms of lightning and its interaction with varoius objects. Since 1931 researchers at this division investigates lightning and lightning protection with special attention to conditions in Sweden.
More Information about lightning and lightning protection, in Swedish.