Our Projects

We are convinced that green technology, clean energy and sustainable solutions (cleantech) are important components towards reaching the global goals. We are also convinced that profitability and sustainability go hand in hand. Therefor we are managing a number of projects that will lead to a cleaner growth through collaboration, new innovations and export of sustainable solutions.

Innovation for Green Transition

Innovation for Green Transition is a three-year project with the goal of improving the sustainable growth and competitiveness of small and medium-sized companies and to take advantage of the opportunities that arise as a result of the green industrial transition in northern Sweden. By making innovation environments and testbeds visible and accessible, the ability of small and medium-sized companies to develop innovations that result in new and developed products and services is strengthened. The project will also strengthen small and medium-sized companies' access to knowledge and tools to systematically work with innovation and to increase innovation cooperation between small and medium-sized companies and large players, industrial establishments, academia and research institutes.

Lead part and coordinating benificiary is Skellefteå Science City and other project partners are Arctic Business, BizMaker, Piteå Science Park, RISE Processum, Umeå Municipality and Uminova Innovation.

The project runs between 20230107-20261031 and the total budget is SEK 27 million. The project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund, County Council of Västerbotten, Piteå Municipality, Skellefteå Municipality, Umeå Municipality, Örnsköldsvik Municipality, RISE, Arctic Business, BizMaker, Uminova Innovation, Piteå Science Park, Skellefteå Science City, PiteEnergi, Övik Energi, Skellefteå Kraft, Umeå Energi, Umeå Kommunföretag and Vakin.

Bothnia Green Energy

Bothnia Green Energy will stimulate cross-border collaboration and investments in sustainable energy solutions in the geographical area around the Gulf of Bothnia. The project aims to take advantage of the new conditions created for companies and organizations in the Kvarken region to develop and sell sustainable energy solutions of the future.

The project’s objective is to accelerate innovation in the field of sustainable energy solutions of the future by bringing together companies and organizations in participating regions and thereby promoting the competitiveness of companies. An expected result is that the project, through cross-border cooperation, has contributed to more sustainable innovations in the field of energy.

Lead part and coordinating benificiary is The Kvarken Council EGTC and project partners are Jakobstad Region Development Company Concordia, Kokkola Region Development Company KOSEK,  Technology Centre Merinova, Skellefteå Science City, Umeå Municipality, Vaasa Region Development Company VASEK, Övik Energi.

The project is funded by the EU programme of Interreg Aurora, Jakobstad Region Development Company Concordia, Herrfors, Kokkolan Energia, City of Kokkola, Kvarken Council EGTC, Regional Council of Lapland, Technology Centre Merinova, County Council of Västerbotten, County Council of Västernorrland, Skellefteå Municipality, Skellefteå Kraft, Umeå Energi, Umeå Municipality, Vaasan Sähkö, City of Vaasa, Vaasa Region Development Company VASEK, Örnsköldsvik Municipality, Övik Energi.

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Previous project: Smart City Sweden

Smart City Sweden is a national export and investment platform that showcase and demonstrate examples of smart and sustainable city solutions in Sweden. Based on Sweden's export strategy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Smart City Sweden will contribute to strengthening relations between Swedish companies and potential foreign buyers and investors. A joint process will be developed with the aim of facilitating Swedish companies to export their solutions and thereby contribute to solving urban challenges around the world.

Smart City Sweden is coordinated by the Swedish Energy Agency. The export and investment platform is operated by IVL Swedish Environment Institute in close cooperation with regional business organizations and private companies. The initiative also includes seven agencies that assist with expertise in their respective areas. The authorities are Energimyndigheten, Boverket, Naturvårdsverket, Trafikverket, Lantmäteriet, Tillväxtverket, Vinnova and Business Sweden.

The platform is run through six regional nodes from Umeå in the north to Malmö in the south where the ambition is to showcase the best in the regions. The six nodes are Region North - North Sweden Cleantech, Region Mid - Dalarna Science Park, Region East - IVL Swedish Environmental Institute, Region West - Business Region Gothenburg, Region Southeast- Cleantech Östergötland, Region South - Sustainable Business Hub.

Smart City Sweden ran between 2018 and 2021 and was funded by the government.

Previous project: North Sweden Cleantech - The climate-smart innovation site of the future

North Sweden Cleantech - The climate smart innovation site of the future had the goal  to increase the innovation and innovation power of small and medium-sized companies, and to strengthen the development and accessibility of innovation-support systems and environments in the cleantech area in Västerbotten County and Örnsköldsvik Municipality.

The project was implemented to the benefit of and in close cooperation with the business community in the region. The project ran between 2019-2022 and was partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The owner of the project was Kompetensspridning i Umeå, which coordinates the project and the project was carried out as a collaborative project between five organizations - Kompetensspridning in Umeå, Skellefteå Science City, Uminova Innovation, Arctic Business Incubator and RISE Processum - with the support of a partnership consisting of Skellefteå, Umeå, Örnsköldsviks municipalities, the municipal companies Skellefteå Kraft, Umeå Energi, VAKIN, Bostaden and Umeå Municipal companies and Region Västerbotten, which have assets, expertise and resources that create a great growth and development potential in the cleantech area.

Previous project: Future Cleantech Solutions

Future Cleantech Solutions promoted the opportunities for business and collaboration for cleantech companies. Thiswas done by developing methods for distribution of practical business information within the Bothnia region, developing methods that support concrete cross-border collaboration and through supporting the development of new and current cross-border cluster collaborations.

The focus of the project was to, through cross-border collaboration, take advantage of the opportunities that arise through new establishments, investments and initiatives that are prepared, planned and implemented in the region. 

Future Cleantech Solutions ran 2019-2021 and was 60 % financed by the EU program Interreg Botnia-Atlantica. Other financiers were Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, Region Västerbotten, Region Västernorrland, Municipality of Umeå, Umeå Energi, Municipality of Skellefteå, Skellefteå Kraft, Municipality of Örnsköldsvik,, VASEK, Merinova, City of Vaasa, City of Kokkola and KOSEK. Kompetensspridning i Umeå AB was the project owner.


Previous project:
Cleaner Growth - the Cleantech Initiative in Northern Sweden

Cleaner Growth is a regional project aiming to increase the number of innovations as well as exporting commercially viable products and services with environmental relevance from Västerbotten and Örnsköldsvik. Big focus is also on attracting players from global markets to increase to export of green technology, clean energy and sustainable solutions (cleantech).

Cleaner Growth is during 2016-2018 and is 50 % funded by European Union European Regional Development Fund, Mål 2. Other financiers are Skellefteå Municipality, Skellefteå Kraft, Umeå Energi, Vakin, Bostaden, Umeå Kommunföretag, Umeå Municipality, Västerbotten County Council, Örnsköldsvik Municipality, Processum and Region Västerbotten.

The project is divided into two parts, Commercialisation and International Business and is owned by Uminova Innovation and is, together with Arctic Business Incubator also coordinating the subproject Commercialisation. Kompetensspridning i Umeå is, together with Skellefteå Municipality coordinating the subproject International Business.



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