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You can turn to Business Region Göteborg for information about the energy industry in Western Sweden, to find out where they meet and who to approach regarding different matters. Are you an energy company, supplier to the energy industry or a start-up in the industry, or perhaps a real estate company? We establish contacts and create or contribute to meeting places, which you can find useful in your business. We help you when you want to increase your collaboration with large and small companies, universities, the public sector and other industries. We also mediate contacts and support companies and investors that are interested in establishing or expanding their operations here.
Our focus areas within the field of energy are those areas where the Gothenburg region is strong, namely district heating/cooling, solar energy, biogas, wind power and electric vehicles (especially the charging infrastructure).
Gothenburg a role model in Europe
Gothenburg began to develop its district heating network as far back as 1952, when the city’s first CHP plant, Rosenlund, was built. Today, Gothenburg is leading the EU project Celsius where we have the opportunity to share the knowledge we have about district heating and cooling, to help other cities in Europe to develop and optimise their district heating. The goal was to bring 50 cities into the project. Today the number is over 60.
Leads Sweden’s wind power development
Västra Götaland is at the top of the list when it comes to the expansion of wind power in Sweden. At the turn of the year 2013/2014, there were a total of 546 wind turbines, with a power output totalling 774 MW, which produced 1.7 TWh in 2014 in Västra Götaland. We have several local wind power companies and SKF is based here. Greenbyte is just one example of an exciting startup. Real estate owners such as Stena and Wallenstam have their own wind turbines and Balder has invested in wind power. There is a widespread establishment of wind power startups, which is expected to increase further. More electricity generated by wind power is positive from the environmental point of view and creates jobs.
Göteborg Wind Lab is a research centre for wind power and energy production technology that is run by SKF and Chalmers University of Technology, among others. Göteborg Energi has, together with Chalmers and General Electric, raised Sweden’s largest wind turbine here.
Visits from all over the world to the demo arena Gobigas
Biogas is one of the future’s most important renewable fuels and has the advantage that it can be distributed via existing gas networks. Gothenburg has a well-developed gas network and strong connection to the automotive industry in respect of both passenger cars and heavier vehicles. GoBiGas (Gothenburg Biomass Gasification Project) represents Göteborg Energi’s investment into the production of biogas through the gasification of biofuel and forestry waste. It is a demo facility that operates in alignment with the EU’s objectives concerning research and development, climate change and energy. The facility receives many visits by international delegations from other cities and regions, which come here to be inspired and to learn how to work with renewable energy.
Gothenburg tests innovative energy market
Thanks to a 50 million kronor contribution from the EU, the Fossil Free Energy District (FED) is starting up in Gothenburg. At Chalmers Campus Johanneberg, a new way to transfer and trade in surplus energy will be tested. The EU wants to give Europe’s cities the chance to test new innovative solutions to challenges such as migration and energy. From many strong competitors, the City of Gothenburg’s application was selected. The City has assigned the coordinating role for the project to Johanneberg Science Park. The project has been up and running since 2017. Learn more >
Did you know…
...Gothenburg’s district heating network is today almost 750 miles long and stretches from Ale in the north to Askim in the south.
... Big Glenn is not only Sweden’s largest wind turbine, but also a research station for offshore wind power. Each full rotation of the blades generates enough electricity to power an electric car for 12.4 miles.
... Gothenburg was very early to map areas of land in the municipality with the potential for solar parks.