The joint venture project called RUGGEDISED partners the municipality, property owners, universities and entrepreneurs. The aim is to test nine innovative climate-smart solutions for five years while developing new business models that fit into a sharing economy. To influence behavioural patterns in a sustainable direction, ongoing dialogues are held with all those who work in the area, i.e. employees, students, visitors, travellers and residents.
In the next five years, SEK 40 million will be invested in the University City to become a so-called Smart City. Technology, market and consumers will work together for sustainable and smart communication, transport and energy solutions. What is evolving in this innovative future area, other cities in Sweden and Europe can follow and study to be able to take advantage of and benefit from.
• Solar panels to charge and store energy in batteries for electric bikes and electric cars.
• Smart management of energy use in apartments.
• A new type of built-in bus stop to reduce energy losses.
• Electric powered bicycles for major action.
• 100 percent renewable energy throughout the University city.
In the Smart City project RUGGEDISED, which is part of the EU Horizon 2020 program, Umeå municipality, Umeå University, Västerbotten County Council, Akademiska Hus, RISE, Umeå Energy and Upab collaborate to jointly develop the University City.
Project time: 2016-2020
Budget: 40 million SEK
Financed by: EU Horizon 2020 program
Ruggedised means roughly "to be robust", and is an abbreviation of Rotterdam, Umeå, Glasgow Generating Exemplar Districts In Sustainable Energy Deployment. The EU has granted SEK 180 million to make the three cities more climate-friendly by 2021, including energy-efficient buildings, sustainable transport and smart IT management. In Umeå, the university city is focus, and the local partnership consists of Umeå municipality, Umeå Energi, Upab, Akademiska Hus, Västerbotten County Council, Umeå University and RISE.