Spring Workshop in Eskilstuna
Vårsmedjan 2019, May 15-16
In order to meet and share knowledge and insight on vehicle research and design, the annual Spring Workshop (Vårsmedjan, or Spring Forge) gathered 40 researchers, industry and innovation professionals for two days in Eskilstuna.
– The Centre is all about collaboration between academy an industry, and we need to meet to share knowledge, perspectives and also to connect personally. Workshops like this is great fuel for our interdisciplinary approach, says Jenny Jerrelind, Centre Director.
(For program planks, scroll to the bottom of this article)
During two intensive days in Eskilstuna, an important city in the history of Swedish industrialisation, the participants have dug into the Sustainable Development Goals, got more familiar with sister-centre ITRL, circular economy, Eco-design, energy policies for the transport area and much more.
– The Centre is at an interesting stage and the collaboration, recruitment of researcher and development of new and existing projects are intense. The Spring Workhop gives important energy to those efforts, says Jenny Jerrelind.
One of the guest was José Potting, former Visiting Professor in Environmental Systems Analysis at KTH, giving a lecture on circular economy aiming at reducing resoure use through a hierarchy of circularity strategies also referred to as the "circularity ladder". Moving from paying for use instead of got ownership, facilitated by circular revenue models, provides industry and other actors in the supply change with challenges but also to opportunaties and advantages from a business perspectiv. For a true aim for circular economy, i.e. closing the loop for a product system, components and materials in and out of the product system should equal in number, amount and quality.
– In 2018 there were 85 000 circular activities in the Netherlands, where I come from. 99% av these where old, ongoing activities, showing that circular economy is a reality, says José Potting.
Program planks (in addition to workshops):
- The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relation to transportation and vehicles, Josef Schöggl, Christian Doppler Laboratory at the University of Graz, and the Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design
- Presentation of ITRL (Integrated Transport research Lab) and future outlook, Mikael Nybacka, ITRL and the Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design
- Exploring impacts of driverless vehicles on freight transport systems, Albin Engholm, ITRL
- Circular economy, José Potting, Wageningen University and KTH
- Eco-design and lifecycle sustainability- examples, Jutta Hildenbrand, RISE
- Energimyndighets program inom transportområdet, Peter Kasche, Energimyndigheten
- Technical cost modelling and efficient design of lightweight composites in structural applications, Mathilda Karlsson Hagnell