Research and Innovation

Here we gather ongoing research and innovation projects. All projects have been granted funds within Viable Cities. To find a particular project, press CONTROL + F and type any of the words that should be in the text.

Activity based energy and mobility modeling for future cities

The project will use smart digital technologies to collect data on mobility and activities of citizens. This data will be combined with eg weather and location data in a city model. The model will calculate and visualize energy and power requirements as well as carbon emissions in the city as a basis for city planning. 

City as a Platform

City as a Platform  is a strategic project that gather 10 municipalities in Sweden (to begin with) that will explore, test, implement and collaborate on common IoT platforms to support community benefits in the cities. The project will also secure national anchorage and propose a national management model of a minimum framework for data platforms, including relevant standards and data models. 

Climate Neutral Barkarbystaden 2030

There is a new district growing in Järfälla Municipality – Barkarbystaden, with thousands of planned residentials and workplaces. Based on Järfälla’s carbon dioxide budget, the project focuses on mobility and construction, and aims to make Barkarbystaden a role model for climate neutral cities. A number of pilot projects will bring increased knowledge and an action plan on Barkarbystaden’s continued development towards climate neutrality. The results are expected to fill several gaps in knowledge within climate neutral urban planning and be useful for urban development projects all over Sweden.

Climate Neutral Enköping 2030

The project in Enköping will make use of an IoT-platform to enable the collection/sharing of new data from buildings and the environment, and will therefor create improved grounds of decision, scalable innovations and new services. Qualitative digital pilots are performed to test the dialog effects and involvement patterns among the citizens.

Climate Neutral Gothenburg 2030

The project focuses on a data-driven climate conversion for the good life in Gothenburg. A big part of this is the development of new system solutions connected to mobility, which can reduce climate impact and provide opportunities for an adoptable governance of the city. An important ambition is to add more climate and behavioral data to the model that is called “Virtual Gothenburg”. That is, the city’s digital twin of the physical environment. The digital twin is also meant to be used as a catalyst in the conversion work.  

Climate Neutral Lund 2030

In order to develop a smart and climate neutral Lund in 2030 an innovation team will be put together, consisting of design agencies, research institutions and an intersectoral team placed centrally in the municipality. Together with an innovation mapper, the team will deliver a roadmap on how Lund can reach climate neutrality in 2030. The team is going to deliver at least five concepts with great potential to contribute towards climate neutrality in 2030, that builds on the needs of the citizens and with digitalization as an enabler.

Photo: Leif Eriksson, Xray Foto

Climate Neutral Malmö 2030

In this project, The City of Malmö is going to gather internal and external stakeholders in an innovation team in order to co-create a vision that makes possible a climate neutral Malmö in 2030. The innovation team will also draw up an agile action plan on how the targets are going to be reached. In some cases, the stakeholders have the gumption on the required efforts. The project has a certain focus on citizen engagement. Within the project, there is also going to be an examination on which digital tools are already in existence, and which ones that has to be developed, in order to accelerate the conversion to a climate neutral city in 2030.

Climate Neutral Stockholm 2030

The project in Stockholm aims to improve the ability among cities to handle complex situations that arise, and to find appropriate solutions to reduce emissions. An innovation team comprising of the municipality, academia and industry will be established as an engine to drive the switch-over. A digital decision support with simulation and visualization of the city’s energy and transportation system makes possible an overview of the consequences of the measures and further needs. The tool builds on existing data from a wide range of actors within Stockholm, but is generally applicable, and includes scenario-analysis on different measures’ consequences.

Climate Neutral Umeå 2030

The project for a climate neutral Umeå 2030 is based on a consumption perspective on the city’s climate impact, including both emissions within and outside of Umeå’s geographical limit. Efforts are concentrated to four hotspots in order to reduce the household’s climate impact: 1. Traveling (flying as well as car use), 2. Food (meat consumption, milk products and food waste), 3. Housing energy, and 4. Clothes and furniture. The work also involves the development of two completely new districts, Tomtebodastrand and Norra Ön, both of whom have ambitions of becoming international sustainability role models.

Photo: Fredrik Larsson

Climate Neutral Uppsala 2030

Uppsala Municipality and the network Uppsala Climate Protocol is going to produce an action plan for a fossil-free welfare society 2030. The project is going to 1) implement new IT-tools for visualization, with the purpose of raising awareness and stimulating a broad participation in the work to develop as well as executing the climate roadmap. 2) Put together interdisciplinary and intersectoral innovation-teams between the academia, the industry and the community in order to make Uppsala and Bergbrunna an international role model as a testbed for sustainable urban development.

Climate Neutral Växjö 2030

In this project, Växjö Municipality wants to work with local operators in the community to create a course of action and methods to convert to a community with low climate impact. The project is going to work with the overall picture for a climate neutral Växjö, but also deepen in the areas of construction and transport. Digital tools will be developed and tested within the project, with the aim of improving the insights on existing discharges as well as allowing to plan and compare different solutions and scenarios that are needed to reach climate neutrality 2030. The project will also work with a think tank that is going to function as a local climate counsel that follows, supports and drives the local climate work.

Photo: Mats Samuelsson

DDS Energy efficient healthcare

The project will develop digital solutions enabling analysis of energy consumption both in health care and in property operations. The purpose is to identify and visualize potential för improved energy use. More info here.

Digitally operated urban agriculture in industrial areas

In this project, the City of Stockholm and partners will pilot innovative urban agriculture systems growing fruit and vegetables in the industrial areas close to the city. These agriculture systems are expected to have a positive environmental impact as well as potential for citizen engagement and employment opportunities for newly arrived. More info here.

Urban planning for energy efficient cities

The project will develop a dynamic visualisation tool for more efficient urban planning. By visualising and communicating consequences of urban planning for the energy system, this tool will provide an improved basis for decision making. The tool is developed in consultation with the municipality of Kiruna and will potentially be very useful given the large scale transformation the city is facing. More info here.

Explorion – Mobility as a service for car free housing

The car traffic in the city needs to decrease – both to create a more attractive city, and to reduce the climate impact of traffic. At the same time, mobility as a service is a growing trend. In this project a “car-free accommodation” is demonstrated in the property Xplorion at Södra Brunnshög in Lund by offering the mobility service EC2B for the residents instead of car parking for private cars. More info here.

Threat modeling and attack simulation of viable cities

Increased digitalisation make cities more vulnerable to cyber attacks. In order to face these types of threats, we need to be capable of identifying vulnerabilities. This project is a first step towards creating a tool enabling modeling of threats and simulation of attacks in cities. More info here.

Sustainable urban lifestyles through nudging and citizen engagement

The project will explore how urban planning can promote sustainable urban lifestyles. The focus is on knowledge about citizen engagement and nudging as strategies for enabling a more sustainable everyday life. More info here.

Climate challenge Uppsala

Climate challenge Uppsala will accelerate climate transition and enable more sustainable choices in everyday life for people living in Uppsala. The project will engage and inform people in Uppsala in different ways regarding how to decrease their carbon footprint. More info here.

Charge, Store, Link – Large scale testbed for energy prosumers

The project will explore the possibility of establishing a large scale testbed to enable citizens to produce and share energy services peer to peer. Citizens will also be able to deliver renewable electricity or smoothening of power fluctuation to the grid. The project is connected to the test bed for the sharing economy established within the national programme Sharing Cities Sweden. More info here. 

MERiT – Sustainable and efficient mobility at work

Pilot projects will be carried out using a digital platform for combined mobility (Mobility-as-a-Service) in three administration offices in the City of Gothenburg with approximately 10 000 employees. The purpose of this study is to assess how such services can make traveling at work more sustainable, attractive to users and easy to administrate.  More info here.

Mo-Bo – Architecture for sustainable mobility

Mo-Bo is a concept for housing where mobility services enable transports for inhabitants that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. The sharing economy and mobility services are paving the way for innovative architecture where more people and goods can be transported by fewer vehicles, which enables smarter use of resources and space. More info here.

Measures for efficient use of building spaces and energy

The project will explore how digitalisation can impact upon demand and supply of heated surface in the built environment, through the introduction of services for sharing space. It will also explore how new ways of measuring energy use based on activity rather than per square meter. The focus is on the city district of Rosengård in the city of Malmö as a basis for a full scale test bed. More info here.

R:energi – Local renewable energy solution in Röstånga

The project will contribute to making the village of Röstånga a ”renewable energy plus location”. Knowledge and a good basis for decision support regarding energy system solutions will be developed for the housing environment R:ekobyn with 30 households. This is done with a view to replicability and adaptation to other local conditions. More info here.

SAMIR – Coordinated infrastructure for smart and sustainable small cities

The project will explore needs for and limitations in small municipalities using smart solutions for coordinated infrastructure. In the cities of Herrljunga and Kungälv the project will explore possibilities of using the local fiber networks as a backbone for the digitalisation of water, sewage, and electricity, but also other municipal/regional operations such as lighting, parking, and public transit. More info here.

Sensors for air quality – opportunities and limitations

Sensors for measuring air quality, with particle focus, are used for controlling eg indoor ventilation and for providing info about outdoor air quality to the public. This project aims at improving the quality of measurement data regarding sensors for airborne particles for enabling increased service to unprotected people in urban traffic and more efficient ventilation in buildings. More info here.

Sharing Cities Sweden

Sharing Cities Sweden is a national programme for the sharing economy in cities. The programme aims to put Sweden on the map as a country that actively and critically works with the sharing economy in cities. Test-beds for the sharing economy in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Umeå will develop digital solutions/platforms. The test beds are supported by a national node for national and international cooperation and to promote an exchange of experience in sharing cities. More info here.

Sharing behaviour

This project is part of the programme Sharing Cities Sweden. Many Sharing economy initiatives launched around the world have not succeed as expected. A lack of knowledge regarding the underlying reasons for (non-) adoption, scaling and mainstreaming among users are the main reasons. This project aims to develop behavioural economics experiments that will test, examine and generate policy recommendations to advance urban sharing economy initiatives in Sweden. More info here.

Sharing business models

This project is part of the programme Sharing Cities Sweden. The understanding of the new business models is the key to implement the “ecologies of business models” in our cities. For that, analysis of ecologies of business models are currently made in several European Cities. This project will permit to estimate with high fidelity the result of these new systems, such as car sharing business model. More info here.

Sharing communities

This project, which is part of the programme Sharing Cities Sweden, aims to investigate the social drivers and potential for the sharing economy in communities and cities in Sweden. It will focus on how housing companies can facilitate sharing among tenants and offer space for sharing. More info here.

Sharing platforms

This project is part of the programme Sharing Cities Sweden. The purpose of this project is to investigate whether digital sharing platforms that are based on a more user-centred sharing philosophy can solve the problems of the earlier platforms which tended to be more resource-centred. More info here.

Sharing towns

This project, which is part of the programme Sharing Cities Sweden, aims at reducing energy use and climate impact by developing the sharing economy in smaller cities. Using Karlstad and other smaller cities in dialog with Karlstad, the project will answer the question – what role can smaller cities and towns play in the sharing economy and how can their work be run? More info here.

Smart and climate aware food store for the consumers of tomorrow

The project will explore how to nudge more people into consuming food in ways that are smarter for the environment and for our climate. The aim is to understand how environment related information about different food products, combined with smart approaches (nudging) can shift consumer behaviours. More info here.

Smart Village – self supporting energy systems in future neighborhoods

The Smart Village concept aims at building the neighborhood of the future with a high degree of self sufficiency in energy. The aim of the project is to push the limits for development of a modern area and provide opportunities for more sustainable lifestyles with emissions close to zero whilst creating new opportunities for social community. More info here.

Small scale energy supply through solar power

The project will explore the conditions for establishing a demonstration project for flexible energy systems based on solar power, local storage and controllable loads in the new city district of Brunnshöf in the municipality of Lund.
More info here.

 Urban DIGG Infra

This project pre-study aims to investigate how the smart city best can support its citizens and connected things. How we access services and functionality in the year 2030, what services and business models can emerge, and what needs and demands should be expressed in regards to accessibility, security and how the network can remain resilient to inner and outer affects. More info here.

Urban ICT Arena – 4 helix environment for sustainable energy

The project will explore the conditions for establishing the test bed of Urban ICT Arena in Kista as a so called quadruple helix environment, with collaboration between academia, industry, public sector and civil society. With a focus on the connection to the local civil society, the project will address the energy challenge to accelerate the transition to a sustainable city. More info here.

Value creation through open data from the ectogrid™ energy system

The project will create conditions for companies, civil society organisations, research and public organisations, to create value from open data from the ectogrid™ energy system. By making ectogrid™data available,  digitalisation and citizen involvement can contribute to optimisation of the energy system, eg through balancing loads and sources of power. More info here.

3De – Energy challenges from three-dimensional property subdivision

The project will shorten connections between research and practice in working with three-dimensional property subdivision (3D) to encompass more owners and functions in a single building. This entails both possibilities and challenges for energy optimisation (e). In three different cases of city district development, the project aims at bringing together researchers, professionals who on the one handset specifications and on the other hand those who work with implementation. More info here.