Vinnova has several roles in Norrbotten and Västerbotten. We contribute to the advanced technical development of materials and conditions for electrification. We strengthen development for the mining industry and metal extraction and have long contributed to initiatives in both attractive living environments, advanced sustainable construction and investments in skills supply.
Through, among other things, the strategic innovation programs, Vinnova contributes to major investments in the north in, for example, the mining and steel industry, electrification, digitalisation and the sustainable construction industry.
In the graph below, you can see some examples of parallel investments where the strategic innovation programs have contributed to the establishment of, among other things, green industry in the north.
The picture shows examples of how Vinnova has contributed to the development over time.
Below we list a selection of Vinnova's initiatives in Norrbotten and Västerbotten.
Competence development and individual mobility
In various initiatives for mobility and skills development, we work to ensure that individuals with different skills can move between regions and thereby increase the exchange of knowledge in industries with great skills needs:
Individual mobility and increased attraction value for research-based competence
Rule and policy development
We work on the basis of a government assignment to support the county administrative boards in rule and policy development. The work aims to reduce environmental and climate impact through developed environmental permit processes and thereby accelerate business climate change. The County Administrative Board in Västerbotten County is coordinating.
On November 30, Vinnova held a breakfast meeting together with Komet on rule development linked to climate challenges with, among others, the governor of Västerbotten County:
Will the rule development keep up with the climate challenges?
Digitalisation and technology development in collaboration
In recent years, Vinnova has invested approximately SEK 230 million per year to parties in Norrbotten and Västerbotten to promote, among other things, sustainable built environments and development in the business sector.
The portfolio includes a breadth of large and small companies with activities in, for example, advanced technology, mining and mineral issues and research and innovation in the use of wood. We also support the incubators Bizmaker, Uminova and Arctic Business Incubator.
Examples of ongoing project that we financed in recent years
Currently underway also calls for potential strategic project in the hydrogen field.
Sustainable built environments
Vinnova has ongoing dialogues with several leading parties in the region. Examples of initiatives and collaborations for attractive living environments are
VISIONS: in the north - ArkDes - Sweden's national center for architecture and design
23 Swedish cities are collaborating to speed up climate change - Viable Cities
Vinnova's area for community building
Through several different project, we have over the years contributed to advanced construction methods with wood, which is now noticeable in the form of Skellefteå culture house, which is referred to as the world's tallest wooden building.
Support for companies in the early stages of development
Vinnova has played an active role in the development since the early stages. Of particular importance is the fact that we granted early funding to Northvolt and long-term funding to Graphmatech, which develops advanced materials that are central to Northvolt's circular batteries.
In 2016, Vinnova financed Northvolt for the first time with the aim of starting a large-scale battery factory. The financing was NOK 10 million
FACTORY AND PROCESS DESIGN FOR LARGE SCALE BATTERY MANUFACTURING | Vinnova
Since then, we have contributed funding to a number of project where we have been a party: Northvolt in Vinnova's project database
Currently, we fund three ongoing project with North Volt as a party. They are about new batteries from recycled materials, green calcination and participation in the competence center for Swedish batteries (BASE).
The company Graphmatech develops advanced materials that are crucial for Northvolt's battery production. Vinnova financed the first project with the company in 2017. Funding has continued with a total of 14 project with a strong focus on collaboration for advanced development. Several project are active and decided in 2021:
Graphmatech in Vinnova's portfolio
Graphmatech is now a key player in Northvolt's circular batteries:
Revolt | Northvolt
Comprehensive partnership programmes in relevant areas
Vinnova runs several partnership programmes that strengthen development in relevant development areas. Within the framework of the investments, Vinnova mobilizes actors and finances project.
Programme and initiatives in mining and material extraction
Strategic Innovation Program: Swedish Mining Innovation - Innovation program for mining and metal producing industry
A list of ongoing project with reference to the registration number of Vinnova are here: Projects - Swedish Mining Innovation
PIMM - pilot industrial mobile communication in mines with funding of several project: PIMM in Vinnova's portfolio