Topic of the practice
Establish and develop demand-driven initiatives and establish user-driven demonstrations and field-studies
Good Practice Information
The Energy House seeks to (1) establish and develop demand-driven initiatives to capitalize on research findings, minimize risks for early adopters and shorten “conceptualization to market” processes for new technique and system solutions in the field of sustainable energy use and supply and (2) establish user-driven demonstrations and field-studies which verify new solutions in realtime and assist increased market up-take in SMEs. The Energy House initiative arose due to the increased focus on and need for green solutions both from an environmental and business perspective and the difficulty experienced in bringing new ideas from their conceptualisation to market. Rooted in a long tradition of cooperation between the universities, industry, and the public sector, the initiative responds to both growing societal and industrial needs. The Energy House seeks to (1) establish and develop demand-driven initiatives to capitalise on research findings, minimise risks for early adopters and shorten ‘concept to market’ processes for new techniques and system solutions in the field of sustainable energy use and supply, and (2) to establish user-driven demonstrations and field-studies which can verify new solutions in real time and assist increased market up-take in SMEs.
The Energy House initiative is steered and funded by the region's foundation (STUNS) for cooperation between the universities in Uppsala, the business sector, and the community.
The main idea is to keep the customer perspective and see what benefits / needs the client and their customers could see in the future. Individual projects have been completed over the past few years, and a number of products and companies have now received clear benefits.
Evidence of success
The House gains clear benefit from an anchorage in the political and strategic centres of the county.
A difficulty is the propensity to be steered by academics needs and therefore the initiation of processes with little or no obvious practical delivery opportunities. The House is under continual review and adjustments are continual. Anchorage and spreading of benefits is a continual necessity which requires constant energy. Building successful infrastructure takes time. We have revised and reformulated goals and methods many times during the trip and will do it many times again. The main thing is to keep the customer perspective and see what benefit / need the client and their customers can see in the future. Individual projects have been completed over past years and a number of products and companies have now received clear benefit.
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