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Product development for a sustainable future

Within Green Technology & Electromobility we help our customers to develop products for a sustainable future. This complex societal challenge is entirely possible thanks to groundbreaking technology and committed engineers. ESSIQ’s skill and experience covers all industries and areas of expertise – from climate-smart production methods through researching new energy and resource-efficient technology, to environmentally-friendly energy production and storage.

One of the many ways to meet this challenge is through electrification and electromobility. Up to now, electromobility has mostly been focused on traditional road vehicles. Advanced electrical systems are often better and smarter than conventional ones, which enables the technology to be used in a much broader area. By replacing fossil fuels with electricity, user-friendly products can therefore be developed at the same time as the technology provides access to new and growing markets.

For ESSIQ it is self-evident that we should be involved and make a difference. We want to be involved with and develop environmentally-adapted products of the future, with tomorrow’s technology, for a sustainable society.

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Power electronics engineer
Mechanical engineer
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Green Technology & Electromobility > Case

Battery development for Nilar

Johan Kenneberg is a software developer for embedded systems and has a burning interest in everything to do with cutting-edge technology. Interest in innovative and creative products meant that Johan was given a contract at battery developer Nilar. They required someone who could shoulder the role as technical sales, and also implement customer changes to the products.

Challenge
The contract consisted primarily of integrating Nilar’s system in their customers’ systems. A project is most often started by Johan participating in sales meetings at the client, both to understand the client’s needs, and to contribute with technical expertise of the products. After a successful sales meeting, there was a development project where Nilar’s products were adapted to be integrated at the client, often with Johan as both project manager and one of the development resources.

Implementation
One of Johan’s projects was to fit out an electric ferry with batteries. The battery bank was larger than any previous project of that voltage, and the energy could be obtained from solar cells, fuel cells or from a charging station in the harbor. None of this was directly supported in the platform, and the first prototype delivery was needed within three months.

An entirely new charging strategy was created in collaboration with the battery chemists at Nilar. Johan and a further software developer then worked closely together to rewrite large parts of the software for it to be suitable for the ferry. New versions were regularly sent up to the factory in Gävle to be tested on-site by experts. The major changes required continual verification in order to keep to the time scale, as well as in-depth cooperation with the entire development organization to get it right first time.

Results
The battery system was supplied to Britain on time and was installed on-site by Johan. After two days of carrying batteries and wiring, a fully functioning electric ferry was delivered to the client. The ferry is a demo project to show that it is perfectly possible to run cross-Channel ferries on just electricity.

  • Johan Kenneberg

    Johan Kenneberg

    Systems engineer electrical & software

Green Technology & Electromobility > Profile

Ana Cruz

My name is Ana Cruz, I’m 37 and come from Porto, Portugal. I came to Sweden eleven years ago to work on a project at Volvo Trucks, and stayed a little longer than the two years I’d planned to be here for… I’m now married and have a 4-year old son. We love food and travel, seeing family and friends, and Lego! I love going to the Saluhallen Market Hall when I’m in the area, or spending time at cozy cafés. What most people don’t know about me is that I also have a huge interest in urbanism and urban agriculture. I’ve always loved cars, something that my dad and I had in common, and so I wanted to understand how they’re made and how they work. I’ve also always loved building things – as a kid I mostly played with Lego and toy cars – so when I started studying, I let my interests lead the way. I started by studying machine technology with a focus on the automotive industry, and that formed the basis for my future career as an engineer. I studied in Porto, but also spent 6 months in Italy as an exchange student.

I began working at ESSIQ three years ago. Since then I’ve worked on contracts at Volvo Trucks and at CEVT, where I am now. At CEVT I’m working in the High Voltage Power Supply Group as System Project Leader, a contract that suits me perfectly. I really enjoy it at ESSIQ, partly because I get to work on things I love, and partly because it’s a friendly company. It’s a relaxed atmosphere, quick decision-making processes, and a workplace that believes in individual development. That’s important for me! In the future I want to learn more about electrification and future mobility, and I’d love to try having an agile product owner role. I think that the technology industries of the future will overlap with environment and sustainability. The automotive industry focuses on developing products with alternative fuel sources, which is a must in order to meet the future environmental and sustainability requirements. I also think that AI, which is a very hot topic right now, will impact all areas in the industry. We will see autonomous vehicles become more and more advanced, and AI will change industries, such as the medical industry. Two key things I’ve learned is to always be humble and to never stop learning; that’s what I’d like to tell all engineering students who will soon step into the world of work. We’re living in exciting times, so my advice is to learn as much as possible about the technology of the future – you’ll need to!