North Sweden Cleantech

Umeå Smart City

In Umeå we are working together with several partners around Europe, but especially with our partner cities Rotterdam and Glasgow, to develop the Smart City. Some characteristics of a smart city is that it is digital and energy efficient. The different technical systems need to be connected and interact with each other, but also the city’s companies, organizations and its people need to connect and interact with each other.

Umeå is a fast growing city in Northern Sweden with progressive and environmentally-friendly citizens. Located 600 km north of Stockholm, the 11th largest city in Sweden has a subarctic climate, with short and fairly warm summers, but lengthy and freezing winters.

Umeå will continue to grow with ecological, economic and social sustainability. The purpose is to reduce the city’s CO₂ emissions through less energy use and sustainable transports. By developing smart business models and working methods, we will ensure that we will continue to be innovative when we are developing the sustainable city.

The Smart City Innovation District is situated immediately to the east of Umeå city centre, at the University city area, and includes a mix of residential, academic and research facilities from two universities, a regional hospital, and community, recreational and commercial buildings.

The neighbourhood is characterised by its young, student-influenced, population with 40, 000 daily visitors. As such, the neighbourhood is one of the least car-dependent neighbourhoods in Umeå. The area will triple its inhabitants during the time of the project. Amongst the smart solutions implemented, the RUGGEDISED project will look at peak load variation management, shared use of energy and a smart, open- data city decision platform.

We can offer you a look at our solutions for:
• Business model innovation – A climate smart busniess model for a 100% renewable energy supply
• Storage and Exchange of geothermal energy
• Peak load management, using buildings as thermal energy storage
• Intelligent control of Buildings
• Gamification – influence of behavior patterns
• Chargin hub for smart power supply
• Climate friendly bus stop
• Green parking pay-off
• Open data city decision platform
• Demand-side management for heating/cooling, floor cleaning, waste management and more

We want other cities in Sweden and elsewhere to learn from and use what we are doing here in Umeå. Wellcome!

Town: Umeå
Find us: Umeå University, 901 87, Umeå
Visiting: preferably spring, summer and fall
Duration: 2-4 hours
Languages: Swedish & English

RUGGEDISED is a large cooperation project, co-financed by EU´s Horizon 2020. The City of Umeå, Västerbotten County Council, Akademiska Hus AB, Upab, RISE, Umeå University and Umeå Energy AB are cooperating to develop Umeå University City into a viable and sustainable district – a Smart City.

Category/ Sustainable Construction, Transport, Circular Economy, Urban Planning

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