International experts curious about energy trading platform

5 December 2017
FED Showroom

In the EU Celsius project, the City of Gothenburg has led a constellation of five cities in Europe - London, Rotterdam, Genoa, Cologne and Gothenburg for the purpose of demonstrating district heating and district cooling solutions. In connection with the concluding Celsius Summit conference, a study visit was arranged at which the cooperation projects Fossil-free Energy Districts (FED) and HSB Living Lab were demonstrated, both of which include new energy solutions.

In Fossil-free Energy Districts (FED), energy systems between central energy companies and small-scale, local players will be combined in order to optimise the energy systems. Johanneberg Science Park will be coordinating the project on behalf of the City of Gothenburg and will also be responsible for the communication to make the project replicable in a real environment.

The Chalmers area in Johanneberg will demonstrate a trading platform for electricity, district heating and district cooling. Properties constitute market players which, with their local production of electricity, heating and cooling, can connect up to central energy distribution systems. This creates a flexible energy system where none of the electricity that is produced goes to waste. All players will be connected to the electricity mains which can detect the need to sell and buy electricity from the energy stores at local properties. It will be digitally possible to advertise the need to buy electricity at hourly level and to be able to sell it at second level. Creating a digital service market in this way means that we do not need to lay cables in the ground!

- We want to create the efficient energy systems of the future with 100% renewable electricity production, so we must do large-scale testing to see what happens, says Claes Sommansson, Deputy Project Coordinator at Johanneberg Science Park.

FED will also help to build up a test bed for sustainable local energy systems for the exchange of knowledge and experience with authorities, other cities and smaller start-up companies way beyond the conclusion of the project. The project is primarily an innovation project rather than one research project among many others.

- At the moment, components of local production and storage solutions are being planned which we’ll supplement the demonstration area with. We’ve also established what the trading platform will look like and how it will function as regards IT systems, measurement infrastructure and data processing, etc. It’s also extremely important for us to look at finding sustainable business models and clarify the benefits for all those who participate in the project - what all parties gain from the innovative aspects of the project and what the practical benefit is. Since the overall aim is to implement the innovation project in general society, we’re putting extra effort into analysing barriers and obstacles to the actual success of it, says Claes Sommansson.

The trade will have begun properly as early as next summer and will continue until October 2019. We also want to strengthen the innovative force on the Johanneberg Campus and in Gothenburg. By including local, small-scale electricity producers, the hope is to create more innovations that can reach an international market. FED has also helped the City of Gothenburg to obtain two other EU projects, IRIS and United Grid, both within the Horizon 2020 programme.

Johanneberg Science Park will also coordinate IRIS and the SCORE project for the City of Gothenburg. IRIS is testing new solutions for urban development within energy, mobility and ICT. A total of 43 players from 9 countries are cooperating. In SCORE, nine European cities are cooperating with Amsterdam at the forefront. It is a question of opening data, lowering the thresholds for cooperation between companies in different countries, and running the development of new, innovative solutions and common standards for EU countries.

Contact for further questions:
Vice Project Coordinator Claes Sommansson
+46 765 544 533

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