Together with the City of Malmö and VA Syd, E.ON Sweden has signed a climate contract and are now working actively to find smart, renewable and sustainable solutions for Malmö’s new neighbourhood Hyllie. How can Hyllie be established as climate smart as possible, and how can E.ON contribute in creating an open innovation environment that creates good business opportunities for everyone involved? These are some of the issues that E.ON brings to ACSI.
– We want Hyllie to become a flagship of sustainable urban development. The district will pave the way for continued sustainable development and create a window into the future. E.ON wants to be part of finding a way to meet challenges ahead with smart solutions, including doing this through various innovation processes, says Peder Berne, Project Manager for E.ON Sustainable City, and explains:
– The overall objective for Hyllie is to establish the new district in the most optimal way possible. Among others, we want to do this by taking advantage of local conditions and establishing technology for a sustainable and resource-efficient energy system.
Peder also believes that much of their work is about trying to find synergies between different segments and to link supply and demand. They would also like, as much as possible, to utilize existing infrastructure in the region, such as surrounding networks like district heating.
– One of the challenges is to try to get involvement and participation for both consumption and energy production further down the value chain. Another challenge is how we should handle a larger amount of renewable energy. Solar and wind power are more difficult to control and to plan for. This is where we have to create flexibility in our system, which among other things can be done if the energy is consumed when it is available and limit usage when the supply is low, he says.
In other words, E.ON wants to try to create flexible and efficient energy systems together with both end users and property owners. It involves both influencing and changing energy consumption, which in turn requires a change of behaviour. One idea is for customers to be able to read and control their energy consumption.
– We work a lot with trying to visualize energy and develop systems to effectively control our own consumption. By seeing how your energy consumption changes with changed behaviour, we believe we can create better understanding and thereby create changes. We are developing various functions to control consumption, linked to price and availability of renewable energy, says Peder Berne.
The issue’s E.ON wants to discuss within the framework of ACSI is how to create flexibility within consumption and how they can utilize properties as an extension of the energy system in a better way than today.
– We need to create communication between different IT interfaces and use IT more efficiently than we do today, in order to create an improved exchange of information. We are testing different systems. We also need to improve how we meet the needs for a transition to more renewable energy and we also need to find sensible systems of communication between different interfaces in the energy system, such as properties and consumers. How can we together create opportunities for open innovation and create good business opportunities for all stakeholders? We want to find platforms that can create opportunities for other stakeholders as well as general conditions for involving more people, as this can create synergies between different business areas, says Peder Berne.
The main reason E.ON has chosen to participate in the ACSI Camp is that they feel the forum is a valid and serious platform
– We hope to attract good competence and thus acquire good experience and knowledge. We would also like to see that our project might gain an academic connection. We hope, through ACSI, to get an opportunity to test a model that allows us to gather other stakeholders and make them realize that there are opportunities for us all in this. We want to drive a collaborative process where we jointly agree on general goals, Peder Berne concludes.
E.ON Sweden produces and delivers energy to the Nordic market in the form of electricity, gas, heating, cooling and waste treatment and energy-related services to approximately one million customers. E.ON Sweden has nearly 4,000 employees and had net sales of 38,7 billion SEK in 2012.
Written by Lotta Solding
Translated to english by Rebecca Allen Lamptey