The future expansion of wind power in Sweden faces many challenges. New knowledge and competences are needed for businesses and government agencies to be able to successfully integrate electricity from wind power into the electrical network in an optimal way, to find suitable areas for building wind power parks and to place the turbines to best utilize wind conditions. 

STandUP for Wind is a research centre profiled towards planning and establishing wind energy in the Swedish electrical network. The centre is a collaboration between KTH, Uppsala University, SLU and LTU as part of the government’s strategic STandUP for Energy research area.

With our interdisciplinary work we aim to enable more wind power to be placed into the Swedish electrical network. We will do this by responding to relevant questions regarding how to plan for wind power in the best ways possible within our research areas.

The centre has a turnover of approximately 40 million Swedish crowns for it’s research, education and communication activities and involves nearly 70 persons. 

Find out more about STandUP for Winds ongoing projects.

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A climate neutral and sustainable Europe by 2050 requires a Swedish, Nordic and European electricity network that can efficiently integrate large amounts of renewable electricity production.The electricity network shouldat the same time have high levels of reliability, availability, efficiency and security.

Research at the KTH Division of Electric Power Systems covers development and application of methods for analysis, simulation, and control of electric and integrated energy systems. Important aspects include decision criteria, reliability, security and market design. Studied systems include generation, transmission, distribution, and the consumtion of electric energy in addition to operation and planning of electric power systems. An important area is the coupling between the physical power system and the behavior of actors on the electricity market.

Research areas:
Electrical machines and drives
Electricity markets
Power electronics
Power system dynamics, operation and control

Find out more about KTH Royal Institute of Technology, department of Electrical Power and Energy System.

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The reliability and the associated operation and maintenance costs of wind turbines and their related equipment are largely determined very early in their respective life cycles. Despite this operations and maintenance optimization in existing parks is still of importance, primarily due to its ability to increase the effectivity of the equipment but also as a means of learning for future project investments. The RCAM group is dedicated to the identification of the correlations which can lead to better operations and maintenance. How existing information is used is also a large part of the work done by the group.

Research areas:
Antenna theory and design
Applied Physics in Electrotechnology
Asset management
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
Electromagnetic metamaterials and metasurfaces
Electromagnetic theory
Electrotechnical modeling
Energy storage for Smart grid
Insulation diagnostics
Lightning and Lightning Protection

Find out more about KTH Royal Institute of Technology, department of Electromagnetic Engineering.


KTH - Department of Mechanics is part of the Linne FLOW Centre, a centre of excellence in the fundamental and applied fluid-dynamic research. Research within the department is carried out in many different areas and the department houses among other things wind tunnels that are used for research within the wind energy field.

Wind energy research has been conducted for more than 30 years with investigations related to several different topics such as wind turbine wakes and active control strategies, actuator disk modeling, wind turbine interaction and atmospheric boundary layer studies.

Research areas:
Applied Fluid Dynamics
Complex, Multi-phase and reacting flows
Flow Stability and Turbulence

Find out more about KTH Royal Institute of Technology, department of Mechanics.

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The Marcus Wallenberg Laboratory of sound and vibration research has been conducting research within the field of wind turbine noise within the last ten years.  The covered topics are mainly within the field of sound propagation and sound perception.

Earlier projects have included investigating masking of wind turbine noise of background sound and long range sound propagation of wind turbine noise both over water and over land.

As of 2014 efforts to start consolidating the knowledge on noise generation will start.

Research areas:
Vehicle Technology and Solid Mechanics
Flight Dynamics
Road Vehicles
Solid Mechanics
Conceptual Vehicle Design
Lightweight Structures
Naval Architecture
Rail Vehicles

Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
Flow Stability and Turbulence
Sound and Vibration (MWL)
Complex, Multi-phase and reacting flows
Applied Fluid Dynamics

Find out more about KTH Royal Institute of Technology, The Marcus Wallenberg Laboratory for Sound and Vibration Research (MWL).


Wind energy research at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) covers a number of different areas which are all related to the topic of wind power in cold climates. The focus of this research is on loads during icing, flow changes due to ice built-up on the blades, how icing occurs, including ice-detection, and operation of de-icing systems. Research is also conducted on other problems related to the operation of wind turbines in cold climates such as, for example, those caused by cold-starts or changes in loads. The research is based on both experimental work as well as modeling. In addition to the operational problems the research interest extends to one of the biggest challenges faced by the power system: the integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Find out more about Luleå University of Technology, division of Wind Power

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Swedish University of Agricultural Science

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Uppsala University, Institution of Earth Sciences - Campus Gotland

The wind energy group at Uppsala University Campus Gotland researches within the field on wind turbine wakes and wake interactions, stability of the tip vortices, optimization of large wind farms as well as landscape, planning and participation.

The performed work and results have resulted in increased knowledge about the flow structures behind wind turbines and the interactions between turbines. Such simulations, in conjunction with detailed wind tunnel measurements, could provide knowledge on how to control the breakdown of the wake behind the turbines and give further possibilities to optimize the placement of wind turbines in a windfarm. The research has also established new simulation possibilities for the next generation of wind farm development. Another part  of the research has also concerned the methods for participatory landscape analysis.

Ongoing research:
Energy transition Gotland
Social science perspective
Multi-criteria decision analysis in energy planning

Find out more about Uppsala University and the Wind Energy division on Campus Gotland.

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Uppsala University, Division of Electricity

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The Division of Electricity at Uppsala University researches in electrical energy generation, energy conversion and use. Research in renewable energy sources is focused on energy from wind, waves, hydro and ocean currents.

Our research in wind power increases the understanding and potential of the new vertical-axis technology. It has has both niche applications, such as turbulent environments and noise sensitive installations as well as large-scale applications for wind power installations bigger than 10 MW and floating offshore technology. The Division is also working with permanent magnet generators, electrical systems and control systems for wind turbines. The specific research areas include the demagnetization of permanent magnets, generators with new types of magnetic material and innovative wind turbine control systems. The yearly research budget for wind power from external sources is approximately 5 million SEK per year.

Research areas:
Wave power
Wind power
Marine currents
Diamond electronics
Lightning research
Electric energy storage
Robot Automation
Clean water
All-electric propulsion systems
Power system analysis
Ocean energy scale-up alliance
Computational and data-enabled science and engineering in energy systems
Charging infrastructure for electric aviation

Find out more about Uppsala University and the department of Electricity.

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The wind energy research at the Uppsala University's Department of Earth Sciences studies both the wind profile and turbulence through measurements and simulation models. The Department has, in cooperation with WeatherTech Scandinavia, completed a mapping of Sweden's winds. Currently the group has research projects on the topics of wind power in forests, ice accumulation on wind turbines and sound propagation from wind turbines. 

Wind power research has been conducted since 1975. In the beginning the research was concentrated on the measurements: The first metmasts were built with the wind turbine Kalkungnen (35 m tall). Later a metmast was placed in Lappland's mountains near Suorva and a 140 meter metmast was placed in the forest near Ryningsnäs. A new 180 meter metmast is planned in cooperation with OX2 Wind AB on a forest covered hill in southern Sweden.

Find out more about Uppsala University, the Institution of Earth Science.

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Last modified: 2022-10-20