In the end of October, Smart City Sweden’s regional nodes East, Middle and North welcomed representatives from a Ukrainian energy company, DTEK, to join a webinar focused on the Swedish energy sector. 40 top-level managers participated to learn about Swedish sustainable solutions, investigate whether it was possible to implement these innovations within their group and to find collaboration with Swedish companies.
The digital visit began with an overview of the Swedish energy sector, a presentation held by Josephine Bahr Ljungdell, Director of International Affairs at Swedish Energy Agency. During the presentation, Josephine discussed the energy policy targets for Sweden, such as 100% renewable electricity production by 2040 and 50% more efficient use of energy in 2030 (compared to 2005). Closely followed by a presentation where Dan Andersson, CEO at Ecodatacenter, talked about the data industry in Sweden and showed a virtual tour of Ecodatacenter in Falun.
Further Cooperation in Waste Management
Next speaker was Ronny Arnberg, Senior Advisor at Borlänge Energi and IVL, speaking about waste-to-energy. The Ukrainian group was really interested in Sweden’s waste management and they had a great interest in our sustainable solutions for waste recovery. During the meeting, the participants were interested in knowing more about how a waste-to-energy project could be launched in Ukraine. A follow-up meeting has been booked with Ronny Arnberg to discuss further and find concrete cooperation possibilities.
Focus on Energy
After lunch, Jasmin Noori, Business Development Manager at Northvolt talked about batteries and energy storage. Northvolt is founded with the mission to build the world’s greenest battery to enable the European transition to renewable energy. In 2017, Northvolt started to build its gigafactory, Northvolt Ett, in Skellefteå and a demonstration factory and research facility, Northvolt Labs, are established in Västerås, Sweden.
Another company that was of high interest for the delegation was Againity. Againity from Norrköping is an innovative company in the energy sector that provides sustainable electricity through small-scale, local and cost-effective ORC applications. Elin Ledskog, Head of Sales at Againity explained how their turbine can turn low-grade waste heat into electricity. She described how their system can be installed, the benefits with it and how it can reduce CO2emissions. Elin also showed a video of one of their facilities in the online meeting.
Global Benchmark for Industry Collaboration
The last speaker that the group listened to was Jelena Angelis, Research Grants & Partnerships Expert at House of Innovation. House of Innovation is a research, education and innovation centre at the Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Jelena gave the participants a glimpse into their work where the vision is to be a global benchmark for the industry collaboration and through leadership in selected knowledge fields. House of Innovation has more than 110 partner companies that work together with them in joint projects.
Aditi Bhasin from Smart City Sweden moderated the webinar and held the final discussions at the end of the day. The combination of ambitious targets for a sustainable energy system and virtual tours that showcase the current status has inspired the delegation. Follow-up meetings have been booked to discuss potential cooperation between the two countries.
Thanks to: The Swedish Energy Agency, Ecodatacenter, Borlänge Energi, Northvolt, Againity and House of Innovation.
More information about DTEK
DТЕК is the largest private investor in Ukraine’s energy sector. DTEK Group produces coal and natural gas, generates electricity at thermal, solar and wind power plants, distributes electricity, supplies electricity to end consumers, provides energy-efficient solutions and develops a network of EV charging stations. DTEK employs 70,000 people.