In May, 150 people from all over the world met at Living Lab Hoppet in Gothenburg to present solutions, to network and to find opportunities to collaborate on fossil-free construction. One of the speakers was Paula de Hollanda from Castellum, which is currently seeking partners for promising developments in fossil-free solutions at the Säve Airport test bed.
“Companies cannot sit back and wait – they need to be involved in vocational education and training”
During a two-day visit, officials from the EU Commission came to meet vocational education representatives to learn how we work together to meet trade and industry’s workforce needs.
Sweden is very much to the fore when it comes to innovations in environmental engineering and green system solutions. As such, overseas companies and organisations, regions and countries that want to learn more in these fields are keen to visit Gothenburg – providing golden opportunities for companies in Gothenburg and surrounds to establish contact and present their offerings. However, when running a business, it's difficult to keep track of what's going on, who's here and whether they're of interest. This is where Green Gothenburg comes into the picture.
Construction boom in Gothenburg creates many business opportunities and a high demand for sustainable solutions
Insulation manufactured from eelgrass, water-saving nozzle for taps and custom solar panels for facades and roofs. These were just some of the sustainable solutions presented when 27 companies from northern Europe interacted with construction & property companies and others associated with Living Lab on 8 May 2019 in Gothenburg.
Testbed Gothenburg is an initiative to support industry, public sector organizations, science parks and academia in their efforts to increase the rate of innovation. By collaboratively developing new solutions, we will become better at tackling the challenges society is facing.
Their innovations have received a great deal of attention from Swedish companies, financiers and networks. They admire the dynamics, mentality and networking. We take a closer look at three Finnish companies that are now setting up shop in Gothenburg.
With a view over the North Sea, Saab Surveillance has developed a new generation of radar products. Reaching these heights hasn’t happened by chance, nor that Gothenburg and Western Sweden have a world-leading cluster in antenna and microwave technology. It is the spirit of collaboration in the region that produces world-class technology according to Saab business area manager Anders Carp.
This week, for the first time, a unique local marketplace for electricity, heat and cooling is being tested at Chalmers' Johanneberg campus. The EU funded initiative is a collaboration between nine local partners and is being held to find new ways towards a fossil-free energy supply system at international level.
This week Gothenburg in Sweden will host an international project meeting gathering the range of innovative startups, research organisations and local authorities that make up IRIS Smart Cities. The project, of which Gothenburg is one of three exemplary ‘Lighthouse’ cities, aims to develop and replicate smart solutions for cities to become increasingly energy efficient, sustainable and attractive for their inhabitants. The meeting will be held within walking distance of several of the testbed areas used in the project. Business Region Gothenburg participates in IRIS under the City of Gothenburg and, through Green Gothenburg, provides study visits to the meeting participants where the city's climate-smart solutions are presented.
It is clear that the European energy system is in a period of transition. However, it is not at all clear what the final system will look like in terms of market actors and market design. We can be quite certain that the transition will require time in order to stabilize, and that R&D will be necessary in order to reach a functioning model. In the Fossil-free Energy Districts project, FED, we are trying to reduce the transition time. The Research Institute of Sweden, RISE is contributing by developing a market design and analysing drivers and barriers for future local energy systems.