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. 

Challenge

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.

Solution

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.

Effect

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.

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Project name

FED – Fossil-Free Energy District 

Time plan

2016–2019

Project coordinator

Johanneberg Science Park

Partners

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

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