The Residual Heat Innovation

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Coordinator Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet - Institutionen för landskapsarkitektur, planering och förvaltning
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 300 000
Project duration July 2016 - October 2018
Status Completed

Purpose and goal

The project aim was implementing a high profile innovation competition. The competition was intended for a small (2-4 000 m2) vegetable and fish growing plant, the heat demand is covered by low-temperature residual heat and provides annual employment for 2-4 people. The goal has been met and the competition has been completed during 1.5 years, with 46 contributions from 21 different countries in the first step. Followed by two further steps where teams formed from those who participated in the first step have worked in collaboration with the arranging parties to develop their solutions.

Expected results and effects

The target was 100 proposals and that the competition would be conducted in several stages with interaction with the contestants. We reached 46 proposals and have had close dialogue with the contestants in the two final stages. The expected practical result was a proposal for a cultivation plant sufficiently concrete to be realized within a few years. The proposals are expected to be realized within a few years if the right support can be mobilized for further development. Malmö, Lund, Bjuv and Oskarshamn are part of the competition and intend to build facilities when fully developed.

Planned approach and implementation

The competition had three steps over 1.5 years, where the first was open innovation where all proposals were welcome, whether they were a component or the entire facility. We formed teams of the competitors who in Step 2 and 3 worked interactively with the partners and experts. The prize sum was 2 MSEK and contributed to the great interest. 1.5 years is a long time and it is difficult to maintain commitment. Interactivity is limited by the prize pool, when it is the partners that designate the winners who coaches the teams and creates integrity problems. Coaches should be recruited externally.

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