Energy Policy, Research and Innovation in Sweden (Webinar)

25 January 2017

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PresentationIntroduction to the webinar and panelists

Presentation—Robert Andrén, Lars Guldbrand, Rémy Kolessar and Andreas Stubelius: Energy Policy, Research and Innovation in Sweden

Presentation—Andreas Stubelius: Swedish Energy Agency: Funding Future Innovation

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with Mission Innovation, hosted this webinar on accelerating clean energy innovation in Sweden.

Sweden officials began the webinar by providing an overview of the goals and vision of the current Swedish Energy Policy and describing the context of the Swedish energy system, including the natural resources available, the supply mix, larger energy uses, infrastructure, and major industries. The roles of various ministries, funding agencies, universities and other stakeholders were also described.

The main webinar presentation focused on the Swedish Energy Agency and its main responsibilities and activities under the national program of energy research and innovation. The strategic process and the areas of prioritization were described, and examples of programs, centers and innovations were provided. Presentations were followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.


Robert AndrénRobert Andrén, Director General for Energy, Ministry of the Environment and Energy

Robert has been working within Swedish government offices for 15 years. He has served as Director General since 2007 at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Rural Affairs and since 2015 at the Ministry of Environment and Energy. He was also appointed Deputy Governor in the County of Värmland 2013-2015. Robert is the Swedish representative to the Governing Board of IEA. He has also served as an expert to the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA). He has a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Population Genetics.

Lars GuldbrandLars Guldbrand, Senior Adviser, Ministry of the Environment and Energy

Lars has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry. He has been working with the administration and funding of energy research and innovation since 1989 in various Swedish government agencies and ministries. He is the Swedish delegate to the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology, and to the Programme Committee for Energy in the EU Horizon 2020 programme, in the EU SET-Plan Steering Group. And, his it a representative to the board of the Nordic Energy Research institution.

Rémy KolessarRémy Kolessar, Director of the Dept. for Research and Innovation, Swedish Energy Agency

Dr. Rémy Kolessar has a M.Sc. in Applied Physics and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. He has a background in the microelectronic industry, and he has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector, serving in various positions within academia and government agencies. Since August 2014, he has been the Director of the Department for Research and Innovation at the Swedish Energy Agency, the third-largest public research funding agency in Sweden.

Andreas StubeliusAndreas Stubelius, Senior Project Manager, Dept. of Market Development, Swedish Energy Agency.

Andreas Stubelius is the Portfolio Manager at the Swedish Energy Agency. He has more than 15 years of experience within the energy field and holds a degree in energy engineering and corporate finance. Andreas is a member of the Cleantech 100 expert panel and also a member of the Nordic Cleantech Open jury. The portfolio of consists of more than 70 Cleantech start-ups.