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E.ON-led consortium plans Swedish waste heat project

E.ON, ICA Fastigheter and Veolia are to explore how waste heat might be used to produce fish, vegetables and other produce suitable for local cultivation around Sweden.

The consortium has launched a €210,000 open innovation competition,à‚ Urban Food from Residual Heat,à‚ seeking new approaches to the technical, bio-production and business challenges in bringing together urban agriculture and waste heat recovery ࢀ” two crucialà‚ components of a zero-carbon city.à‚ 
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Daily Planetà‚ spoke to Sonny Stràƒ¶mberg, ࢀŽHead of Special Projects, Business Innovation at E.ON about why the European energy firm is backing the project.

Stromberg told the website, “We have to change our business model to better reflect what customers need and want in the future. We cannot continue to do what we always have done. Innovation is the key.à‚ Also when we’re talking about this competition, it’s about using surplus heat for green gardens or fish farms in urban environments. As an energy provider and district heating player, we can play a role in that development and the realisation of such systems.”

E.ON went for an open innovation on this project as while the company’s expertise is in power and heat, they realised that green gardeners and fish farm owners would have skills and experience they didn’t.

Asked what role E.ON see for big energy companies in urban agriculture, Stràƒ¶mberg said, “The basic question or challenge, here, is to make use of the surplus heat in a feasible and optimal way for this type of application. That surplus heat can be produced in any industry, a grocery store, or wherever. It has to be captured somehow, and then distributed to the fish farm, or green garden, and make it available and possible to use there. Of course, we have a role there [in the supply].”