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Swedish municipality launches sustainable energy accelerator programme

Skellefteå Kraft and EIT InnoEnergy are offering applicants from across Europe the opportunity to grow their businesses in Sweden as part of a green economic recovery post-Covid-19.

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Skellefteå wants to drive innovation in sustainable energy to fuel a green recovery
Skellefteå wants to drive innovation in sustainable energy to fuel a green recovery

Skellefteå Kraft, a municipality-owned power company in Skellefteå, Sweden, has teamed with EIT InnoEnergy to launch an accelerator programme to drive energy innovation.

 

The accelerator is seeking applications from sustainable energy start-ups across Europe from the entire energy value chain to help kick-start a green economic recovery, post-Covid-19, in northern Sweden.

 

Tailored programme

 

Successful applicants will be part of a three-month tailored programme offering access to a broad range of services, such as supply chain development, business validation, revenue and pricing models, and technology and industrialisation support.

 

The start-ups will also have the opportunity to collaborate closely with EIT InnoEnergy and Skellefteå Kraft to support the city’s, and the entire region’s energy transition.

“Skellefteå is quickly becoming a centre of gravity for energy technology innovation in Sweden. With the continued support of EIT InnoEnergy, we plan to make it a world leader in green energy innovation”

As home to Northvolt’s battery production plant – the largest single site investment in Europe – and investing in a multi-billion-euro development programme for smart and sustainable infrastructure, Skellefteå reports it is quickly becoming an innovation hub for renewable energy. According to city authorities this makes it an attractive launch pad for energy start-ups.

 

“At a time where, naturally, the conversation around the energy transition took a slight back seat, we are determined to continue to support start-ups to accelerate Europe’s green economic recovery,” said Kenneth Johansson, CEO of EIT InnoEnergy Scandinavia.

 

“By partnering with ambitious municipalities like Skellefteå, that are striving for change, we can make an impact – paving the way for a greener future. With multi-billions of planned sustainable investment over the next 20 years, the region is at the cusp of an accelerated transition and we’re ready to make that happen.”

 

EIT InnoEnergy had already signed a partnership with Skellefteå municipality, last year, to support its plans and is already involved in several projects across the city, including the smart and sustainable development of local infrastructure.

 

Supporting start-ups

 

“We are pleased to announce this programme and to partner with EIT InnoEnergy, with its excellent track-record of supporting start-ups across Europe. Together, we aim to accelerate the energy transition in Sweden and to provide innovative start-ups with valuable business opportunities,” added Joachim Nordin, CEO at Skellefteå Kraft.

 

“Skellefteå is quickly becoming a centre of gravity for energy technology innovation in Sweden. With the continued support of EIT InnoEnergy, we plan to make it a world leader in green energy innovation.”

 

Skellefteå Kraft was founded in 1906 and is one of Sweden’s five largest electricity producers and claims it is the largest of Sweden’s municipality-owned power companies. Some 3 77GWh of electricity was produced in 2019, with a major part coming from northern hydropower and wind power, as well as from renewable sources

 

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