Energy and environment, Smart city and built environment 2017

FED - Fossil-free Energy Districts

Gothenburg, Sweden


Chalmers University; City of Gothenburg


Energy technology

The FEDs are marketplaces for electricity, district heating and cooling, developed with a range of partners. The local energy market is outside the energy distribution concession, providing the opportunity for testing and evaluating solutions within it. The digital marketplace aims to maximise the use of low quality energy to replace primary energy. One building's requirement will be offset against the surplus of another.

What was tested

Local energy markets

Testbed purpose

The aim is to develop a functional local energy market that will decrease the use of energy and dependence on fossil fuels in the built environment


The test environment is situated on the Chalmers Campus in Johanneberg, an area taken out of the regular energy circuit to allow for testing and evaluating usage of the energy marketplace.

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Address market failures or grand challenges

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