ECOFAST, energy efficiency in buildings

Project name: ECOFAST, energy efficiency in buildings
Programme: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Project lead: Evertech Energy Systems AB
Project partners: SDC Automation AB, Compia Storuman Industrier AB
Project purpose: development and demonstration of Evertech’s digitalised energy efficiency and energy recovery system solutions

Project cost: SEK 15.9M
Co-funding from the ERDF: SEK 7.9M
Project start date: January 2, 2017
Project end date: April 30, 2020

As part of the “Ecofast” project, Evertech Energy Systems AB, in co-operation with SDC Automation AB and Compia Storuman Industrier AB, will develop and demonstrate innovative technologies that improve the efficiency of energy recovery and energy storage, based on the co-operation partners’ unique digitalised system solution.

The signing of the UN Paris Agreement in 2015 was a watershed moment in global climate action. For the first time, a majority of world leaders reached agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit the consequences of climate change. However, from an EU perspective, the agreement was simply one step in a lengthy policy process that seeks to address global warming. In the context of the overarching climate goal – preventing global warming increasing by more than two degrees compared to levels prior to industrialisation – global greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut by 50 per cent of their 1990 levels by 2050. The reduction of CO2 emissions is therefore a key aspect both in terms of the EU’s environmental directives and national environmental targets. Sweden is among those EU countries that is required to make the largest reductions: amounting to 40 per cent by 2020. One of the primary mechanisms to achieve this reduction is the implementation of energy efficiency measures, in which the renovation of public buildings in particular has been identified as a priority area. For Sweden, this means, for example, renovating a minimum of three per cent of the state-owned building stock annually.

Against this background, the project will develop, project-validate, and demonstrate a new and unique environmental innovation designed to improve energy efficiency in older properties by up to 70 per cent.

The project is expected to deliver results that will significantly contribute to the EU’s aim of moving towards a low-carbon economy.

  • The project will show that it is possible to achieve 70 per cent energy efficiency in older buildings with the help of the new technology.
  • The project will build awareness of the new technology among industry professionals, decision makers, and the general public.
  • The project will form the basis for a new energy technology testbed in Vilhelmina.

The Ecofast project is based in Vilhelmina and Storuman – two places with relatively high unemployment that due to industrial closures and considerable distances to R&D facilities in Östersund, Umeå, and Luleå, have for more than 25 years gradually drifted away from the increasingly important global markets in research, development, and training. The project will thus contribute to the revitalisation of central Norrland and the re-establishment of R&D outside its coastal cities.