Testbed Gothenburg

October 24, 2019

Sara Renström investigates the role households can play in electricity and district heating systems at HSB Living Lab

IMAGE: HSB Living Lab

You can find Sweden’s highest concentration of testbeds in the Gothenburg region. They allow you to collaborate with companies, researchers, institutes and the City itself, and test your ideas in an innovative environment, with access to labs, virtual reality, simulated environments and real city environments.


Verifying and validating your idea early on via a testbed can potentially reduce risks and up-front investment—and Swedes are early adopters, making Gothenburg the perfect test market. “If you make it here, you can make it anywhere,” claims Business Region Göteborg. Where better to develop a successful product or service?


You’ll also make contacts and learn about the market through joining a cluster, such as the region's ICT, or automotive clusters. They’re the ultimate networking environment and offer support to turn your concept into a saleable product or service. Collaboration across clusters is exemplified by the Prehospital ICT Arena testbed, bringing together healthcare services, industry and academia.


The city’s science parks provide ideal environments for testbeds. Johanneberg focuses on urban development, energy, materials and nanotechnology, and Sahlgrenska works within life science; an area that often cross-clusters with ICT.


There’s also Lindholmen, once a shipyard employing 7,000-8,000 workers at its height but now an international collaborative environment for transport, ICT and media employing 25,000 people.





The ElectriCity indoor bus stop doubles up as a test arena

IMAGE: Lars Ardarve



ElectriCity brings together industry, research and society to develop solutions for next-generation sustainable public transport. Companies with entirely new, scalable products or services that can contribute to sustainable mobility can use the testbed providing they create a test (which they finance) and a demo project with at least one ElectriCity partner. Bus-route 55, an ElectriCity project, runs between Johanneberg Science Park and Lindholmen Science Park, serviced by quiet, exhaust-free buses powered by green electricity. The testbed is currently financed by its partners: Volvo AB, Region Västra Götaland, Västtrafik, Göteborgs Stad, Chalmers, Energimyndigheten, Johanneberg Science Park, Lindholmen Science Park, Göteborg Energi, Keolis, Älvstranden utveckling, Akademiska Hus, Chalmersfastigheter and Ericsson.



The AstaZero Test Track is possibly the world's most advanced testing environment for self-driving vehicles

IMAGE: AstaZero



AstaZero is the world’s first full-scale test environment for future road safety, offering different traffic environments for testing and development, and accredited by Euro NCAP to perform tests of active safety systems and automated driving for vehicle manufacturers. It’s an international arena open to vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, legislators, universities and colleges from around the world, with a test site at Borås and offices at Lindholmen Science Park.


Currently, partners include AB Volvo, Volvo Car Corporation, Autoliv, Scania, The Swedish Transport Administration, Region Västra Götaland, City of Borås, Vinnova, Tillväxtverket and Test Site Sweden.


AstaZero is owned by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and Chalmers University of Technology, and financed by the EU (through the regional funds), Region Västra Götaland, Vinnova, Tillväxtverket and the City of Borås.



A delegation discusses innovation that minimises dependence on fossil fuel in the built environment


Fossil Free Energy Districts


FED (Fossil Free Energy Districts) is an innovative effort by the City to decrease energy use and dependence on fossil fuel in a built environment. All buildings on the campus of Chalmers University of Technology have been connected to a newly developed, AI-based marketplace, enabling them to trade electricity, heating and cooling with each other and use self-produced, renewable energy more efficiently.


The FED testbed was financed by Urban Innovative Actions, a European Commission initiative, and the marketplace was developed with Johanneberg Science Park, Göteborg Energi, Business Region Göteborg, Ericsson, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Akademiska Hus, Chalmersfastigheter and Chalmers University of Technology.


After the project end date in October, the system implemented by property owners Akademiska Hus and Chalmersfastigheter will continue to run and may serve as a testbed for other projects.



The Awitar testbed offers a shielded, repeatable and controllable test environment

IMAGE: Göteborg & Co



Awitar (Automotive Wireless Test and Research Facility) is a world-leading test and research facility for wireless communication systems and EMC in contexts such as autonomous vehicles and active safety systems, working on wireless communication not just between vehicles and infrastructure, but also within vehicles, linking cameras, radar and other sensors. Based in Borås, the testbed is sun by RISE, The Swedish Institute of Research.



The HSB Living Lab is a research arena that incorporates 2000 sensors and also includes homes for students and researchers

IMAGE: Felix Gerlach

HSB Living Lab


HSB Living Lab is a living, ongoing experiment in sustainable living and construction, and consists of 40 module houses at Chalmers campus that are actually homes for students and guest researchers. The modular design means they can be easily rebuilt and moved for research and demonstration purposes.


The testbed was initiated by Johanneberg Science Park, HSB and Chalmers University of Technology, who are the main partners, collaborating with Tengbom, Peab, Akademiska Hus, Tieto, Electrolux, Bengt Dahlgren, Göteborg Energi, Elfa, Vedum.



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