12 Jan 2018

Skellefteå Science City to carry out prestudy for energy innovation cluster

Skellefteå Science City has been commissioned, on behalf of the Swedish Energy Agency, to carry out a preliminary study for a potential innovation cluster.

Skellefteå Science City will conduct research into the proposed project and submit a planning document.

The purpose of the preliminary study is to further develop one or more innovation clusters in the energy field within the framework of North Sweden Cleantech.

An innovation cluster focusing on international cooperation could promote innovative energy solutions that will contribute to the development of the energy system in Sweden and other markets.

“Being commissioned to do this work is very pleasing. One important focus for the preliminary study is to develop contact areas with national authorities and research institutes and engage them in the cooperation: we already have many good relationships in this area, "says Skellefteå Science City CEO, Johnny Högberg.

Promoting collaborative clusters can help companies to share knowledge. Today, many SMEs lack the resources and knowledge to, for example, conduct market research to help them develop more efficient products, processes and services.

The aim of the preliminary study is to conduct an obstacle analysis and to make suggestions on how North Sweden Cleantech can support the further development of one or more internationally competitive clusters in the energy field, in order to fully exploit the investment and resources available in the energy sector in northern Sweden.

North Sweden Cleantech, through Skellefteå Science City, will coordinate the preliminary study and is responsible for project management. Skellefteå Kraft, Umeå Energy, Skellefteå Municipality, Umeå Municipality, Örnsköldsvik Municipality, Kompetensspridning in Umeå, RISE Processum, Västerbotten County, Västerbotten County Council, Uminova Innovation, Arctic Business Incubator and BizMaker are partners and will execute the preliminary study in collaboration with Skellefteå Science City.

The project has a steering committee with representatives from Skellefteå Municipality, Skellefteå Kraft, Umeå Municipality, Umeå Energy, Uminova Innovation, RISE Processum, Västerbotten County Council and Västerbotten County.

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