Living labs and local innovation ecosystems

VEBIC Transition Arenas – From Living Labs to toolkit and networking

VEBIC Transition Arenas boost the diffusion of innovations within the energy sector by piloting, testing, and demonstrating technical solutions, economics and business models, and societal processing and structuration. It also facilitates interaction, knowledge exchange and learning between actors. VEBIC Transition Arenas comprises New Campus, Smart Sundom Grid, Energy Village, Smart Parnter Campus, and Aurora Botnia.

Transition arenas

transition areas

New Carbon Neutral Campus at the University of Vaasa  by 2030

Develop the university campus towards a sustainable and intelligent energy community with connections to other real‑life living labs and different type of energy communities.

The objective is to

a) integrate new flexible energy resources with appropriate hierarchical management systems enabling DER integration (PV, EV, energy storages), sector‑coupling (hybrid CHP unit), optimised operation as well as participation of local and system‑wide flexibility markets, and

b) develop connections and data gathering and sharing information and best practice between other real‑life living labs and different type of energy communities

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University of Vaasa campus

Sundom Smart Grid 

Rural and sub-urban residential area grid with over  2100 meters and over 20 metering points from which IEC61850 data streams are connected to the VEBIC-FREESI lab.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Vaasa, ABB, Vaasan Sähkö (DSO) and Vaasan Sähköverkko (TSO).

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Sundom smart grid

Energy Villages 

Rural distribution area and selected energy villages.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Vaasa, Esse Elektro‑Kraft (DSO & TSO) and Jeppo Kraft (DSO & TSO), municipalities and local stakeholders.

Energy village

New ferry Aurora Botnia for the Vaasa – Umeå route 

The most environmentally friendly passenger car ferry with dual fuel and battery solution. The University of Vaasa’s edge analytics system applied for energy economy optimisation and predictive maintenance and fault detection. The University of Vaasa’s Digital Twin (DT) development done will be utilised in Aurora Botnia.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Vaasa, Wasaline and Wärtsilä.

aurora botnia

Smart Partner Campus

Co-operation in designing a new operating model and creating a playbook for a global and flexible enough concept, in which as many innovators as possible can participate for various periods of time.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Vaasa and Wärtsilä.

smart partner campus