A hub for innovation

Stockholm Royal Seaport is a testbed where new ideas, methods, and approaches are developed and tested to inspire other cities and municipalities, researchers, companies, and organisations to think in new ways. Here we present several innovation projects that trigger curiosity and interest.

Other innovation projects

Quieter crushing

The “quieter crushing” research project, with the aim of reducing noise levels at crushing and material handling sites, has been running for the past two years. By soundproofing and enclosing crushing sites, it is possible to reduce noise levels and dust. The project is funded by a SEK 2.7 million grant from Vinnova.

Treating and reusing rock crushed locally considerably reduces traffic on the city’s road network. To date, approximately 600,000 tonnes of rock and spoil have been recovered in Stockholm Royal Seaport, which means that material recycling has saved around 100,000 roundtrips.

Innovative construction logistics

The Construction Consolidation Centre, (CCC), is currently located in the Värtahamnen port area of Stockholm Royal Seaport. The centre functions as an innovation hub that is home to large numbers of R&D projects that drive learning and development related to construction logistics issues. One of the projects conducted during the year was “Visualised construction traffic planning for effective urban development”. The project is supported by Vinnova and is led by Linköping University. The aim is to increase availability and mobility for all people in the city during the construction period and increase the productivity of the construction process. KTH is conducting three research projects under the auspices of the CCC with the overall aim of studying the level of co-operation between different developers and entrepreneurs at various stages of the project in terms of logistics operations and opportunities.

The future of energy storage

Seasonal electricity storage is set to be a key aspect of fossil-free energy systems of the future. The City of Stockholm hosted an international innovation workshop with the aim of identifying potential technical solutions for seasonal storage of electricity. The workshop was organised by C40, CLEAN, and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and private sector experts, academia, and representatives from Stockholm, Amsterdam, Berlin, Toronto, and Sønderborg. This resulted in a market review and a large number of constructive ideas related to technologies and system solutions. The workshop also contributed to a discussion with Berlin about shared and open negotiations for continued innovation procurement.

A connected city neighbourhood

Connected Stockholm Royal Seaport (Connected SRS) is an R&D project funded by the strategic innovation programme, IoT Sweden. The project has been tasked with developing approaches for how data platforms can be used to collect, make available, and share IoT data in the city. It is based on the need for data to streamline follow-up and management of sustainability goals. An IoT platform, which can also be used by other actors, is to be tested under the auspices of the project. It will also contribute to knowledge for procurement of city-wide platforms for open and shared data.

Reflow Stockholm

The Reflow Stockholm project identified the resources needed to build and manage a city. It was a deepening of Stockholm Royal Seaport’s circularity model and sought to identify the city’s flow of resources. The project was funded by Sweden’s Environmental Protection Agency and was completed in 2019.