Received 3-year research grant to continue energy efficiency research

I was recently awarded a large grant from the Swedish Energy Agency and their research programme “Strategic energy systems research” (In Swedish: Strategisk energisystemforskning). I will be the project leader/principal investigator of a three year study of energy efficiency in ship procurement, starting after my dissertation in February 2016. The plan is that I will be partly based at the Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI), School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University.

The Swedish Energy Agency has also funded my PhD project, with professor Karin Andersson as project leader. It was great to know that I am able to compete for funding on my own. The programme – which has a social science focus and is directed towards all the Energy Agency’s areas of interests – received more than 80 submissions this year and I think 10 were granted funding.

More info will come. Picture above from their project database where my project just showed up.

Presentation @ SENIX conference, Stockholm

On the 26nd of May, I presented a paper now in peer-review, written by René Taudal Poulsen and myself, on energy consumption monitoring in shipping companies. The paper is based on the large field study performed by René in the Danish shipping sector. The SENIX conference gathered international researchers to discuss issues around the role of social sciences in a low-cargon energy mix.

Picture above from a presentation by Gilles Lequeux, European Commission, Directorate – General for Research & Innovation on including social science and humanities in European energy research.

Presentation @ Gothenburg Research Institute

Since a month back, I am a “visiting researcher” at the Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI). I took a course here in 2013 for Professor Barbara Czarniawska, found it a very nice place, and now I’m here to finish writing my dissertation, participate in seminars etc. I held a presentation on my own on the 31st of March entitled “Tell an engineer to read books? It was quite a shock.”

Presentation @ Lighthouse seminar

Yesterday I presented a recent paper written by Linda Styhre and myself, on the possibilities for increasing energy efficiency in short sea shipping through increasing port efficiency, at a seminar in Stockholm organized by Lighthouse. The title of my presentation was “Reduce time in port to slow steam while at sea – win-win or in nobody’s interest?”

The whole thing was actually filmed and can be seen here (slides in English, presentation in Swedish).

Talks @ Transportforum & 16th DNV-GL NMU Workshop

I’ve given some presentations recently, first on Transportforum on “Shipping companies’ strategies to improve energy efficiency – From now to 2050″ in Linköping, a Swedish national transport conference. Available here, in Swedish: Transportforum – Hannes Johnson.

I also presented my M.Sc. course in Maritime Energy Management at the 16th DNV-GL NMU Workshop. Available here: DNVGL – Hannes Johnson.

New paper: “Increased energy efficiency in short sea shipping through decreased time in port”

Our study of port efficiency from the perspective of a short sea shipping operator and the potential for using decreased time in port to go slower at sea has finally been accepted in Transportation Research Part A – Policy and Practice. The paper, written together with Linda Styhre of IVL, is entitled simply “Increased energy efficiency in short sea shipping through decreased time in port” and has the following abstract:

According to a range of assessments, there exists a large cost-effective potential to increase energy efficiency in shipping through reduced speed at sea enabled by shorter time in port. This means that the energy needed can be reduced whilst maintaining the same transport service. However, the fact that a large cost-effective potential has been identified that is not being harnessed by decision-makers in practice suggests that there is more to this potential to understand. In this paper, the possibilities for increasing energy efficiency by reducing waiting time in port are explored and problematised through a case study of a short sea bulk shipping company transporting dry bulk goods mainly in the North and Baltic seas. Operational data from two ships in the company’s fleet for one year showed that the ships spent more than 40% of their time in ports and that half of the time in port was not productive. The two most important reasons for the large share of unproductive time were that ports were closed on nights and weekends and that ships arrived too early before the stevedores were ready to load or unload the cargo. Reducing all of the unproductive time may be difficult, but the results also show that even a conservative estimate of one to four hours of reduced time per port call would lead to a reduction in energy use of 2-8%. From in-depth interviews with employees of the shipping company, ports and ship agencies, a complex picture is painted when attempting to understand how this potential arises. Aspects such as a lack of effective ship-shore-port communication, little time for ship operators, an absence of means for accurately predicting energy use of voyages as a function of speed, perceived risk of arriving too late, and relationships with third-party technical management may all play a role.

A link will be posted as soon as it has been made available by the publisher. [Edit: article now available here, open access!]