KM2 - Innovative Green Energy

The KM2 objective is to develop innovations in green energy; harvest, store and use energy. Our applications include wind energy, supercapacitors, batteries, paper solar cells, batteries, displays, street lights and a materials and innovations laboratory.


The need for green energy is approx. 100 squaremetres per capita and year globally. The problem is high cost production of energy devices and small production capacity.  Compare to paper industry production with low cost, 0.1 €/m2 and large production capacity, today 500 m2/capita. The KM2 vision is to combine green nanomaterials with paper industry methods to produce green innovative energy. 

There are good opportunities for the region's businesses to develop new products for new purposes by combining materials with paper industry production processes. The paper industry has the production capacity and the skills for rapid and cost-effective production of large areas of renewable and recyclable raw material.

The project KM2 is based on the regional companies need of knowledge in materials engineering and analytical and pilot equipment to develop innovations in green energy. The project consists of six sub-projects. KM2 also include an upgrade of the existing material laboratory at Mid Sweden University and production of a test environment that includes green street lights for Nordic conditions.

1. Harvest energy - Solar energy

Effective manufacturing for low-cost solar cells on paper-based materials. Develop a method and a demonstrator in small scale for production of electronics on paper based flexible materials. Using laser processing and conductive materials, semiconductors and insulators.
Sub-projectleader Dr Magnus Engholm

2. Harvest energy - wind energy

Novel wind power by development of piezo-electric wind generators with pinns, flags and Helmholtz-resonants.
Sub-projectleader Docent Jonas Örtegren

3. Store energy - Supercapacitors

Supercapacitors for energy storage using green materials such as graphene and nanocellulose. Goal: Demonstrate energy storage for braking energy recovery system.
Sub-projectleader Lic. Sven Forsberg

4. Store energy - Batteries

New silicon- and carbon based electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries and processes.
Sub-projectleader Docent Joakim Bäckström

5. Use Energy - Large Displays

Design guidelines for large displays and lighting surfaces using a Design for All approach.  
Sub-projectleader Professor Lena Lorentzen

6. Use Energy - green street light

Off-grid street lights with solar-, wind-, and thermoelectric energy stored in supercapacitors. 
Sub-projectleader Reidar Hagner

7. Materials and innovations Laboratory -MILAB

We are establishing the open materials and innovation laboratory to support research and development in companies and institutes. MILAB will provide the region with advanced analysis and characterization equipment. An advanced scanning electron microscope is one example of equipment available. Read more about the laboratory.
Sub-projectleader Dr Magnus Hummelgård