November 17th saw the opening of the world unique research program Smart Energy City in Stockholm, Sweden. In the new city district, Royal Seaport, 150 families are moving into smart apartments where they will be able to control and monitor their energy usage in real time.
This will form a foundation for the research conducted by the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). The goal is to develop smart grids to better utilize renewable energy sources and to develop energy efficient homes. To be able to monitor and research actual consumer behavior on this scale is unique and has never been done before.
– We are proud to start this research program. Together with the families living in the apartments we will develop and test new Swedish clean-tech solutions and at the same time get a lot of information regarding their actual energy usage pattern, says Johan Ander, CEO of Fortum’s development and IoT company Tingcore.
The Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg participated at the inauguration together with representatives from companies such as Fortum, ABB, Electrolux, Ellevio and Ericsson. The companies have created an integrated system for sustainable cities where the appliances in each home are connected to the smart grid.