Magnus Lindén, SWECO Energuide, Master’s in Sustainable Energy Systems
Magnus Lindén, SWECO Energuide
Name of Programme:
Master’s in Sustainable Energy Systems
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Magnus Lindén spends his days not only juggling projects, but also thinking about what’s next. How to keep momentum going to maximize profits. He knows the value of being self-motivated, to adapt to any situation and work in diverse surroundings. And he shares how InnoEnergy Master’s School students are trained to succeed in this dynamic atmosphere.
Can you briefly describe what your company is doing?
A transition to sustainable energy systems is underway across the globe. Sweco’s energy experts work across the entire energy supply chain. Focus is on how energy is produced, distributed where it’s needed, and consumed as efficiently as possible. The result is a reliable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable energy supply.
What challenges in sustainable energy do you see in the coming years?
In my department at Sweco, the challenge is the business case i.e. market design and regulating. To meet these challenges we need people with an analytic eye, who are self-dependent and know when enough is enough. And as consultants, there is always a time limit and budget – it’s not everyone that can work under these conditions.
How is Sweco involved with InnoEnergy’s Master programmes and its students?
We’ve been involved in the business cases with start-ups. Where the students take a really good idea and build a company around it. They use their time and energy to work on this task – but to also to combine the start-ups to create synergy and make the ideas more marketable. This is a very smart approach that InnoEnergy is using.
We also work with challenges in the SELECT programme. These are always super fun! At work I spend most of my time in meetings and in the office – so it’s nice to spend time with these energetic young minds and really get that energy back from them. The best part of working with them is seeing all the possibilities within them – and knowing the great things they’ll get to accomplish in their careers. They are off to a wonderful start with the programme and I’m personally interested to see where they will go!
What benefits do you believe an InnoEnergy Master’s degree gives the students?
An adaptive work style. This is really important when you consider the wide range of working environments they’ll find themselves in. As consultants, we work on several projects each day – you need to be able to juggle, to adapt and to be able to work in a diverse environment. The InnoEnergy programme really is successful at setting them up to work in this environment. The students that we’ve personally worked with have all mastered this important skill.
They also need a broad base of knowledge – not just the technical, but the business and entrepreneurial skills. These students get the best of all worlds. As a consultant you need to be a self-starter, to always be thinking ahead, to learn while doing and to constantly move things to the next step. They are trained in this type of thinking. It’s going to be invaluable in their future careers.
How would you describe the students that you’ve engaged with?
Bundles of energy. I really enjoy working with them. To them, it’s all perfectly clear – here’s the problem, here’s the solution. They aren’t bogged down with only seeing the obstacles, as can sometimes happen later in life; instead they see the open field to run in. It’s inspiring, really.
What value do you, as an employer, see in combining engineering education with business and entrepreneurship skills?
To work with and be a part of the transition to sustainable energy systems, it’s a must. It will never only be down to just technology. We already have the technology to solve almost every problem. It boils down to money. If the innovation is too expensive, it won’t work – because there’s no market model and legislation won’t support it. It doesn’t matter how clever your technology is, it’s about whether it’s a viable business model and whether regulation will support it. You need to understand all aspects of the market. This is where the technology, business and entrepreneurial need to meet.