A unique local marketplace

The Fossil-free Energy Districts project, FED, is an innovative effort by the City of Gothenburg to decrease the use of energy and the dependence on fossil fuel in a built environment. A unique local marketplace for electricity, district heating and cooling is being developed together with nine strong partners. 


In order to reach a fossil-free and renewable energy supply and increase energy security, in addition to innovative technologies, we also need to utilize existing infrastructure in a smarter way. In the project, we also study how today’s laws and regulations affect how similar markets can be implemented in other places. Fossil Free Energy Districts is part of the solution to how a fossil-free urban energy system may look.


In the project, we create and implement a local energy market where different actors automatically deal with several types of energy with each other, thus we can achieve synergy effects and a smarter use of the resources that are already in place. New innovative technical solutions, such as heat storage with PCM, are tested to create insights into the role they can play when district heating, district cooling and electricity are traded on a common market.


The aim of the project is to create a fossil-free local energy system, to reduce top loads by 80%, reduce the amount of imported energy from external networks by 30% and to implement 10,000 transactions in the energy market.


Project name

FED – Fossil-Free Energy District 

Time plan


Project coordinator

Johanneberg Science Park


City of Gothenburg, Johanneberg Science Park AB, Göteborg Energi AB, Business Region Göteborg AB, Chalmersfastigheter AB, Akademiska hus AB, Chalmers, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Ericsson AB

Funding from

Urban Innovative Actions


RISE is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. Through our international collaboration programmes with industry, academia and the public sector, we ensure the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society. Our 2,700 employees engage in and support all types of innovation processes. RISE is an independent, State-owned research institute, which offers unique expertise and over 100 testbeds and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services.



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RISE är Sveriges forskningsinstitut och innovationspartner. I internationell samverkan med företag, akademi och offentlig sektor bidrar vi till ett konkurrenskraftigt näringsliv och ett hållbart samhälle. Våra 2 700 medarbetare driver och stöder alla typer av innovationsprocesser. RISE är ett oberoende, statligt forskningsinstitut som erbjuder unik expertis och ett 100-tal test- och demonstrationsmiljöer för framtidssäkra teknologier, produkter och tjänster.



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