Björn Sandén

Professor at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Björn Sandén is professor of Innovation and Sustainability and head of the Division of Environmental Systems Analysis at Chalmers University of Technology. He conducts research, writes and teaches on topics such as climate and technology policy, life cycle assessment, technological innovation systems and industrial transitions. He has been involved in a range of studies on renewable energy and nanotechnology concerning how technology, economics and policy can interact to induce innovation and growth of environmentally benign technologies and how unsustainable pathways can be avoided. He works interdisciplinary and cooperates with sociologists and economists as well as chemists and physicists. He frequently lectures to a wide range of audiences and takes part in discussions and debates in newspapers, radio and TV.

Source: chalmers.se

Projects

2015–2018

National challenges for industrialising energy technology in global innovation systems

Björn Sandén Environmental Systems Analysis
Johnn Andersson Environmental Systems Analysis
Mats Lundqvist Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Hans Hellsmark Environmental Systems Analysis
Swedish Energy Agency

2015–2018

Kompetenscentrum för innovation och hållbar samhällsomställning

Björn Sandén Environmental Systems Analysis
Kamilla Kohn Rådberg Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Västra Götalandsregionen, Regional development committee

2012–2015

Realize: Realizing resource-efficient recycling of Vehicles

Maria Ljunggren Söderman Environmental Systems Analysis
Björn Sandén Environmental Systems Analysis
Magnus Andersson Environmental Systems Analysis
Derek Diener Environmental Systems Analysis
Anne-Marie Tillman Environmental Systems Analysis
Mistra

2014–2015

Strategic innovation agenda for Solar electricity

Björn Sandén Environmental Systems Analysis
VINNOVA

2015–2018

New networks of power: on the emergence, diffusion and impact of alternative electricity system architectures

Björn Sandén Environmental Systems Analysis
Mikael Odenberger Energy Technology
Verena Heinisch Energy Technology
Kristina Hojcková Environmental Systems Analysis
Swedish Energy Agency

2013–2015

Photon Fission & Fusion: Beyond the Limits of Conventional Solar Energy Technologies

Bo Albinsson Physical Chemistry
Björn Sandén Environmental Systems Analysis
Fredrik Johansson Organic Chemistry
Duncan Kushnir Environmental Systems Analysis
Damir Dzebo Physical Chemistry
Maria Abrahamsson Physical Chemistry
Kasper Moth-Poulsen Polymer Technology
Victor Gray Polymer Technology
Jerker Mårtensson Organic Chemistry
Swedish Energy Agency

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Publications

2017

The critical role of informed political direction for advancing technology: The case of Swedish marine energy

Johnn Andersson, Eugenia Perez Vico, Linus Hammar et al
Energy Policy. Vol. 101, p. 52-64
Journal article
2017

Handling financial resource mobilisation in technological innovation systems - The case of chinese wind power

Kersti Karltorp, Siping Guo, Björn Sandén
Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 142, p. 3872-3882
Journal article
2017

Faster market growth of wind and PV in late adopters due to global experience build-up

Jorrit Gosens, Fredrik Hedenus, Björn Sandén
Energy. Vol. 131, p. 267-278
Journal article
2017

Improving the European Commission's analytical base for designing instrument mixes in the energy sector: Market failures versus system weaknesses

Staffan Jacobsson, Anna Bergek, Björn Sandén
Energy Research and Social Science
Journal article
2017

Lessons from a century of innovating car recycling value chains

Magnus Andersson, Maria Ljunggren Söderman, Björn Sandén
Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
Journal article
2017

Carbon nanomaterials as potential substitutes for scarce metals

Rickard Arvidsson, Björn Sandén
Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 156, p. 253-261
Journal article
2016

Are scarce metals in cars functionally recycled?

Magnus Andersson, Maria Ljunggren Söderman, Björn Sandén
Waste Management. Vol. 60, p. 407-416
Journal article
2016

Energy and resource use assessment of graphene as a substitute for indium tin oxide in transparent electrodes

Rickard Arvidsson, Duncan Kushnir, Sverker Molander et al
Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 132, p. 289-297
Journal article
2016

Are scarce metals in cars functionally recycled? Extended supplementary material

Björn Sandén, Magnus Andersson, Maria Ljunggren Söderman
Report
2016

Mapping the content and fates of scarce metals in discarded cars

Magnus Andersson, Maria Ljunggren Söderman, Björn Sandén
Paper in proceedings
2015

Can carbon nanomaterials help avoiding resource scarcity?

Rickard Arvidsson, Björn Sandén
Conference poster
2015

Technological innovation systems in contexts: Conceptualizing contextual structures and interaction dynamics

Anna Bergek, M. Hekkert, Staffan Jacobsson et al
Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Vol. 16 (Sept.), p. 51-64
Journal article
2015

Can carbon nanomaterials help avoiding resource scarcity?

Rickard Arvidsson, Björn Sandén
Conference poster
2014

Policy and Path Formation in the Swedish Vehicle Recycling System

Magnus Andersson, Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén et al
Paper in proceedings
2014

5. Solceller

Björn Sandén
Teknologiska innovationssystem inom energiområdet: En praktisk vägledning till identifiering av systemsvagheter som motiverar särskilda politiska åtaganden, ER 2014:23, p. 121-164
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Systems Perspectives on Renewable Power 2014

Björn Sandén
Edited book
2014

Vad är ett bioraffinaderi?

Thore Berntsson, Björn Sandén, Lisbeth Olsson et al
Perspektiv på förädling av bioråvara 2014, p. 8-9
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Assessing renewable power

Björn Sandén
Systems Perspectives on Renewable Power 2014, p. 6-8
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Perspektiv på förnybar el 2014

Björn Sandén, Mikael Odenberger
Edited book
2014

Is graphene a ”wonder material” also from an environmental life cycle perspective?

Rickard Arvidsson, Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén et al
Abstract of Papers of the American Chemical Society. Vol. 247
Conference contribution
2014

Är de nya förnybara resurserna stora nog?

Björn Sandén, Linus Hammar, Fredrik Hedenus
Perspektiv på förnybar el 2014, p. 10-11
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries 2014

Björn Sandén, Karin Pettersson
Edited book
2014

The need for financial and human resources - the case of offshore wind power

Kersti Karltorp, Staffan Jacobsson, Björn Sandén
Systems Perspectives on Renewable Power 2014, p. 172-181
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Perspektiv på förädling av bioråvara 2014

Björn Sandén, Karin Pettersson
Edited book
2014

Energy balance and climate impact of renewable power: Is there cause for concern?

Björn Sandén, A. Arvesen
Systems Perspectives on Renewable Power 2014, p. 72-83
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Teknikpolitiska lärdomar

Staffan Jacobsson, Björn Sandén
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Framtiden för förnybar elproduktion

Björn Sandén
Perspektiv på förnybar el 2014, p. 6-7
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Prospective Life Cycle Assessment of Graphene Production by Ultrasonication and Chemical Reduction

Rickard Arvidsson, Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén et al
Environmental Science & Technology. Vol. 48 (8), p. 4529−4536-
Journal article
2014

Systems Perspectives on Electromobility 2014

Björn Sandén, Pontus Wallgren
Edited book
2014

Scarce metals in Swedish end-of-life vehicle recycling

Magnus Andersson, Maria Ljunggren Söderman, Björn Sandén
Paper in proceedings
2014

Prospective Life Cycle Assessment of Graphene Production by Ultrasonication and Chemical Reduction

Rickard Arvidsson, Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén et al
Environmental Science & Technology. Vol. 48 (8), p. 4529−4536-
Journal article
2014

Behov av investeringar och kompetens - exemplet havsbaserad vind

Kersti Karltorp, Staffan Jacobsson, Björn Sandén
Perspektiv på förnybar el 2014, p. 31-32
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Assessing the Environmental Risks of Silver from Clothes in an Urban Area

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (HERA). Vol. 20 (4), p. 1008-1022
Journal article
2014

Energibalans och klimatpåverkan - en liten investering ger stor effekt

Björn Sandén, A. Arvesen
Perspektiv på förnybar el 2014, p. 18-19
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Assessing biorefineries

Björn Sandén, Fredrik Hedenus
Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries 2014, p. 6-17
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Are renewable energy resources large enough to replace non-renewable energy?

Björn Sandén, Linus Hammar, Fredrik Hedenus
Systems Perspectives on Renewable Power 2014, p. 18-31
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2014

Perspektiv på eldrivna fordon 2014

Björn Sandén, Pontus Wallgren
Edited book
2014

Om elektromobilitet

Björn Sandén, Pontus Wallgren
Perspektiv på eldrivna fordon 2014, p. 6-7
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2013

Is there a "crystal ball"? Assessing environmental life cycle impacts of new nanomaterials

Rickard Arvidsson, Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén et al
Paper in proceedings
2013

Assessing electromobility

Björn Sandén
Systems Perspectives on Electromobility 2013, p. 6-9
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2013

Will metal scarcity limit the use of electric vehicles?

Maria Ljunggren Söderman, Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén
Systems Perspectives on Electromobility 2013, p. 76-89
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2013

Electrifying the automotive industry via R&D collaborations

Steven Sarasini, Björn Sandén, Magnus Karlström
Systems Perspectives on Electromobility 2013, p. 169-184
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2013

Review of Potential Environmental and Health Risks of the Nanomaterial Graphene

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (HERA). Vol. 19 (4), p. 873-887
Journal article
2013

Systems Perspectives on Electromobility 2013

Björn Sandén
Edited book
2013

Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries 2013

Björn Sandén, Karin Pettersson
Edited book
2013

How to make policy-relevant life cycle assessments of future products? Lessons learned from nanomaterials

Rickard Arvidsson, Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén et al
Paper in proceedings
2012

Explaining regime destabilisation in the pulp and paper industry

Kersti Karltorp, Björn Sandén
Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Vol. 2, p. 66-81
Journal article
2012

The time dimension and lithium resource constraints for electric vehicles

Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén
Resources Policy. Vol. 37 (1), p. 93-103
Journal article
2012

Assessing biorefineries

Björn Sandén, Fredrik Hedenus
Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries 2012, p. 6-15
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2012

Ogenomtänkt teknikneutralitet

Christian Azar, Björn Sandén
Chapter in monograph, book - popular science
2012

Material Constraints for Concentrating Solar Thermal Power

Erik Pihl, Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén et al
Energy. Vol. 44 (1), p. 944-954
Journal article
2012

Material Constraints for Concentrating Solar Thermal Power

Erik Pihl, Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén et al
Energy. Vol. 44 (1), p. 944-954
Journal article
2012

Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries 2012

Björn Sandén
Edited book
2012

Assessing biorefineries

Björn Sandén, Fredrik Hedenus
Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries 2012, p. 6-15
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2012

Particle flow analysis. Exploring Potential Use Phase Emissions of Titanium Dioxide nanoparticles from Sunscreen, Paint and Cement

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén
Journal of Industrial Ecology. Vol. 16 (3), p. 343-351
Journal article
2012

What is a biorefinery?

Thore Berntsson, Björn Sandén, Lisbeth Olsson et al
Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries 2012, p. 16-25
Chapter in monograph, book - peer reviewed
2011

Multi-level energy analysis of emerging technologies: a case study in new materials for lithium ion batteries

Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén
Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 19 (13), p. 1405-1416
Journal article
2011

The elusive quest for technology-neutral policies

Christian Azar, Björn Sandén
Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Vol. 1 (1), p. 135-139
Journal article
2011

Substance Flow Analysis of Novel Compounds: The Case of Graphene

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén
Conference poster
2011

Att värna viktig metall är inte alarmism

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén
Magazine article
2011

Ödesdigert slöseri med silver

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén
Magazine article
2011

Impacts of a Silver-Coated Future - Particle Flow Analysis of Silver Nanoparticles

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén
Journal of Industrial Ecology. Vol. 15 (6), p. 844-854
Journal article
2011

The Environmental Risks of Silver in Clothes

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén
Conference poster
2011

Challenges in Exposure Modeling of Nanoparticles in Aquatic Environments

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén et al
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (HERA). Vol. 17 (1), p. 245-262
Journal article
2010

Tracing nanomaterial hotspots in a changing world

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén
Conference contribution
2009

The fate of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the water compartment

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén
Conference poster
2009

MODELLING ENVIRONMENTAL FATE OF TiO2 NANOPARTICLES IN WATER – IMPLICATIONS FOR EMPIRICAL VALIDATION STUDIES

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén et al
Conference contribution
2009

Fate modeling of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the water compartment by colloid chemistry

Rickard Arvidsson, Sverker Molander, Björn Sandén
Conference contribution
2008

Cumulative causation in biofuels development: a critical comparison of the Netherlands and Sweden

Karl Hillman, Roald Suurs, Marko Hekkert et al
Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. Vol. 20 (5), p. 593-612
Journal article
2008

Cumulative causation in biofuels development: a critical comparison of the Netherlands and Sweden

Karl Hillman, Roald Suurs, Marko Hekkert et al
Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. Vol. 20 (5), p. 593-612
Journal article
2008

Nanoteknik i våra hem

Björn Sandén, Sverker Molander, Martin Hassellöv et al
Miljöforskning. Vol. 2008 (3), p. 24-25
Magazine article
2008

Exploring technology paths: The development of alternative transport fuels in Sweden 2007–2020

Karl Hillman, Björn Sandén
Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Vol. 75 (8), p. 1279-1302
Journal article
2008

Time and scale in Life Cycle Assessment: the case of fuel choice in the transport sector

Karl Hillman, Björn Sandén
International Journal of Alternative Propulsion. Vol. 2 (1), p. 1-12
Journal article
2008

'Legitimation' and 'development of positive external economies':two key processes in the formation phase of technological innovation systems

Anna Bergek, Staffan Jacobsson, Björn Sandén
Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. Vol. 20 (5), p. 575-592
Journal article
2008

Energy Requirements for production of carbon nanoparticles

Duncan Kushnir, Björn Sandén
Journal of Industrial Ecology. Vol. 12 (3), p. 360-375
Journal article
2007

Early birds – trapped in a cage? Interpretations and organisation of nanotechnology in Sweden 1984-2006

Hans Fogelberg, Björn Sandén
EuroNanoForum 2007. Düsseldorf, June 19-21., p. 233-234
Paper in proceedings
2007

Positive and negative feedback in consequential life cycle assessment

Björn Sandén, Magnus Karlström
Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 15 (15), p. 1469-1481
Journal article
2007

Standing the test of time: Signals and noise from environmental assessments of energy technologies

Björn Sandén
LCA of Energy, Energy in LCA. SETAC Europe 14th LCA Case Studies Symposium, Göteborg, December 3-4, p. 197-200
Paper in proceedings
2007

Understanding reflexive systems of innovation: An analysis of Swedish nanotechnology discourse and organisation

Hans Fogelberg, Björn Sandén
Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. Vol. 20 (1), p. 65-81
Journal article
2005

Near-term technology policies for long-term climate targets—economy wide versus technology specific approaches

Björn Sandén, Christian Azar
Energy Policy. Vol. 33, p. 1557-1576
Journal article
2005

Time and Scale in LCA: Case Study on Biofuels

Karl Jonasson, Björn Sandén
LCM 2005 - Innovation by Life Cycle Management. Vol. 1, p. 501-505
Conference contribution
2005

Att befrämja solcellstekniken i Sverige: Varför, hur och hur mycket?

Staffan Jacobsson, Björn Sandén
Report
2005

LCA of Emerging Technologies: A Methodological Framework

Björn Sandén, Karl Jonasson, Magnus Karlström et al
LCM 2005 - Innovation by Life Cycle Management. Vol. 1, p. 37-41
Conference contribution
2005

Energy analysis of batteries in photovoltaic systems Part II. Energy return factors and overall battery efficiencies

Carl Johan Rydh, Björn Sandén
Energy Conversion and Management. Vol. 46 (11-12), p. 1980-2000
Journal article
2005

Energy analysis of batteries in photovoltaic systems Part I. Performance and energy requirements

Carl Johan Rydh, Björn Sandén
Energy conversion and management. Vol. 46, p. 1957-1979
Journal article
2004

Selecting and assessing demonstration projects: the case of fuel cells and hydrogen systems in Sweden

Magnus Karlström, Björn Sandén
Innovation: management, policy and practice. Vol. 6, p. 286-293
Journal article
2004

Rethinking Life Cycle Assessment of Emerging Technologies

Björn Sandén
Conference contribution
2004

Time and Scale in Life Cycle Assessment: The Case of Fuel Choice in the Transport Sector

Karl Jonasson, Björn Sandén
Vehicles Alternative Fuel Systems & Environmental Protection (VAFSEP 2004), p. 140-145
Conference contribution
2004

Är fem tusen myror bättre än fyra elefanter: om den mjuka energin och vart den tog vägen

Björn Sandén
Krävs energi i samhällsplaneringen / Gösta Blücher (red.), p. 107-118
Chapter in monograph, book - popular science
2004

Technology path assessment for sustainable technology development

Björn Sandén
Innovation: management, policy and practice. Vol. 6, p. 316-330
Journal article
2004

Technology, policy and climate change

Christian Azar, Björn Sandén, Thomas Sterner
New academy review. Vol. 3, p. 91-97
Journal article
2004

Technology, policy and climate change

Christian Azar, Björn Sandén, Thomas Sterner
New academy review. Vol. 3, p. 91-97
Journal article
2003

Global energy scenarios meeting stringent CO2 constraints - cost effective fuel choices in the transportation sector

Christian Azar, Kristian Lindgren, Björn Sandén
EnergyPOlicy. Vol. 31 (10), p. 961-976
Journal article
2002

Distributed power generation versus grid extensions: An assessment of solar photovoltaics for rural electrification in Northern Ghana

Jonas Nässén, J. Evertsson, Björn Sandén
Progress in Photovoltaics. Vol. 10 (7), p. 495-510
Journal article
2002

Technology and Policy for Sustainable Development

Allan Larsson, Christian Azar, Thomas Sterner et al
Report
2001

Metal resource constraints for electric vehicle batteries.

Björn Sandén, Ingrid Råde
Transportation Research Part D. Vol. 6, p. 297-324
Journal article
2001

Materials for the Global Environment: Waste Mining in the 21st Century.

Robert U. Ayres, John Holmberg, Björn Sandén
MRS Bulletin. Vol. 26 (6), p. 477-480
Journal article
2001

Requirement for metals of electric vehicle batteries.

Ingrid Råde, Björn Sandén
Journal of Power Sources. Vol. 93 (1-2), p. 55-71
Journal article
2000

Monitoring and assessing technology choice: the case of solar cells

Björn Sandén, Staffan Jacobsson
Energy Policy. Vol. 28, p. 1037-1049
Journal article
1998

Materials constraints in a global energy scenario based on thin-film solar cells

Björn Sandén, Christian Azar, John Holmberg et al
Energy in the International Journal. Vol. 23, p. 407-411
Journal article
1998

On material constraints for new energy technologies

Björn Sandén
Licentiate thesis