Innovation clusters

Last updated: 5 November 2017
Technology procurement is a means to promote a change in the demand for new efficient technology. When several purchasers of new energy efficient technology get together when making major purchases, unit prices tend to become lower, which in turn benefits subsequent buyers while promoting the market entrance of new technology. Such procurements mainly take place in heating, hot water, sanitary, ventilation, and lighting.
Since the beginning of the 1990s, the Swedish Energy Agency has partly financed and initiated networks for technology procurement, which have been designed to trigger the production of more energy efficient and and more environmentally friendly products and systems. The networks bring together a consortium of influental customers thus forming a single group of buyers. Currently there exists five more or less permanent procurement groups; BeLok ( for commercial spaces), BeBo (for landlords), HyLok (for the public sector when tenant), BeLivs (the enitre food-procesing chain), and BeSmå (for producers of single family homes). These groups also act as information exchange networks for the participants. The most recent addition to these groups is BeLivs, which started in 2011 with the aim of reducing energy use in premises where foodstuffs are being processed and sold. Related to these technology procurement groups are also networks with the aim of supporting the development of passive houses and buildings with very low energy consumption (LÅGAN). Moreover, research projects such as Cerbof for long-term sustainable buildings also aim at the promotion of new solutions and technologies in the energy efficiency sector.

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