Materials Physics

Research in Engineering Physics

A rapid structural transformation is currently taking place in the green transport and energy sectors and the green energy sector, in particular, is experiencing a very high rate of growth. Cars with internal combustion engines are being phased out and many are being replaced by electric vehicles. At the same time, a major expansion in renewable energy production is underway, with a focus on solar and wind power. FSCN’s current research projects in the field of Engineering Physics focus on the following:

Innovative green energy applications for harvesting, storing and consuming energy, developed with the help of industrial actors.

Mid Sweden University has strong research in large-scale manufacturing processes that can be used to produce paper with electrical functions. One of its research areas is developing supercapacitors based on paper-industry methods and a cellulose/graphene composite, which creates components that are both economical and environmentally-friendly. Additionally, the research centre is also generating new insights into the production of a silicon-graphene composite material intended to increase the storage capacity of lithium ion batteries used in electric cars.

The university is also helping develop research in the field of renewable energy storage for use in buildings and electric vehicles by combining our latest research findings concerning energy storage with power electronics. This energy storage technique will also act as a peak power buffer in buildings and enable vehicles to be charged rapidly without the need for an increase in installed capacity in the network or new power lines.

Research on an all-new electric motor specially designed for electric cars, conducted in the field of power electronics with help from industry. Today’s electric motors are optimised for full output, which does not match the reality of everyday driving. In preliminary testing, this new type of motor has demonstrated a 30-percent reduction in energy loss, resulting in better mileage for electric vehicles. The motor is also designed to tolerate low voltages, which is both better for the batteries and safer than the 400 volts used today.