Five star campus was a programme that ran from 2017 through 2021. The aim was to develop the campus areas at Chalmers to be attractive, experimental environments that embody and give a visible shape to Chalmers’ vision “For a sustainable future”. Five Star Campus brought together, visualized and communicated various projects at Chalmers campuses in the field of sustainability. Here you can read about the projects and test beds that were part of the programme.
LIMA - Lindholmen Integrated Mobility Arena
LIMA was a new travel service for those who worked at Chalmers and wanted to be able to separate private and work trips. In one app, LIMA (Lindholmen Integrated Mobility Arena) collected most modes of travel, from public transport to electric car pool, and with a simple push the users could decide whether it was them or their employer that would pay. Chalmers employees could use and influence the service when it was launched in a pilot.
Read more about LIMA (external link)
MoJo - Mobility Johanneberg
During 2020/2021, employees at Chalmers and other companies established on the Johanneberg campus, could test a new mobility concept. By downloading the EC2B app they could book short work-related travels, for example public transport journeys and shared electric bicycles and cars.
Read more about MoJo
MOST - Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage System
MOST is a groundbreaking emission-free energy system that can store solar energy for later use, for example from day to night or from summer to winter. The technology has been tested on the roof of the MC2 building, and as a window film in HSB Living Lab.Watch a video about the application of MOST as a window film
(external link)Read about the continued development of MOST in an EU project
Hugo – an autonomous delivery robot
The small robot Hugo delivered packages on campus Johanneberg during the spring of 2021. The project Climate Neutral Urban Logistics was a collaboration between several partners to test and evaluate new, autonomous solutions for delivering goods in cities.
Hugo Delivery (external link)
Climate Neutral Urban Logistics (external link)
The Chalmers Power Central
Chalmers Power central is an advanced energy research facility based at the Johanneberg campus. Cutting edge research in combustion, gasification, gas cleaning, carbon capture, energy storage and material science is carried out here in a large-scale facility along with pilot scale units. The Power central also supplies the campus with electricity, heating, cooling and compressed air.
S3 – Shared Shuttle Services
The S3 Project (Shared Shuttle Services) tested how self-driving shuttles can improve urban transportation, by allowing increased densification of the city and reducing the need for on-site parking. The goal was to jointly design and pilot new shared mobility solutions for strengthening mobility in Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland. The collaborative project was led by RISE Research Institute and included 16 partners, for example Chalmers, Chalmersfastigheter, Ericsson and the City of Gothenburg.
S3 test-drove three different routes with self-driving shuttles between 2017 and 2021, the first route at campus Johanneberg and the latter two at campus Lindholmen.
Solar panels on the roofs
Since 2015, Chalmersfastigheter and Akademiska Hus have installed 10900 square meters of solar panels at Chalmers campuses. This means that the total roof area covered by solar panels corresponded to just over two football pitches at the end of 2021.
The solar panels are part of various research projects that support society's transition to a renewable energy system. They also contribute to Chalmers' electricity supply.
See the installation at Johanneberg campus
See the installation at Lindholmen campus
A great deal of solar energy is wasted in today's solar cells. Researchers at Chalmers have an idea that may improve efficiency tremendously. They have already demonstrated that the principle works in the lab – now the research has moved out on campus to continue under real conditions. In addition to these tests of active materials that enhance solar cell efficiency, the test site, situated on the roof of the MC2 building, has been used in the development of the technology MOST, Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage.
The EU project Flexigrid develops new smart and flexible solutions for power grids, which are needed for the transition to a renewable electricity system. The project will equip distribution system operators with advanced tools, enabling them to meet the forthcoming capacity shortage with flexibility and updating old systems with smart technology. Flexigrid has 16 partners and will run until the spring of 2023.
Chalmers' part builds on the FED project (see below), which developed a unique local marketplace for electricity, district heating and cooling at Campus Johanneberg. Within Flexigrid, the marketplace is used mainly for research about the electricity system and services directed to the local grid.Flexigrid
IRIS (Integrated and Replicable Solutions for Co-Creation in Sustainable Cities) is a five-year EU project which began in the autumn of 2017. Within IRIS, new solutions for urban development are tested within the field of energy, mobility and ICT, with the focus largely on Campus Johanneberg. The project is being coordinated by Johanneberg Science Park, in collaboration with Chalmers and seven other partners.
HSB Living Lab
HSB Living Lab is a research and cooperation project at Campus Johanneberg. The house functions as both a home and a laboratory, which provides unique opportunities to research sustainable innovations in real living environments. Several Chalmers researchers are involved in various projects. HSB Living Lab was built in 2016 and has about thirty apartments for students and guest researchers.
Positive Footprint Housing – Riksbyggen
Riksbyggen, Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg and Johanneberg Science Park are cooperating on the Positive Footprint Housing concept, and the Brf Viva pilot project is a full-scale laboratory constructed between Guldheden and Campus Johanneberg. The research focuses on energy generation, mobility solutions, the choice of materials and construction methods. The building is environmentally certified, which means low energy consumption, lower operating costs and good indoor climate both summer and winter.
ElectriCity is a collaboration between a number of actors to develop, test and demonstrate sustainable and attractive transport. To date, the collaboration has resulted in, among other things, 150 new electric buses in the Gothenburg area. The lessons learned from the collaboration are now being used in new projects for sustainability in the city.
Within ElectriCity, Chalmers is mainly working on two new demo arenas; a marine test bed for electric ferries and a test bed for electric construction vehicles and construction machinery. The marine demo arena is focused on electrified and fast-charging ferry traffic. The plan is for one of the ferries that cross the Göta River to become the city's first fully electric ferry. The project Electric Worksite II
, which runs until the autumn of 2023, tests the ability of electric construction machines
to work in real environments in Gothenburg.
Climate smart lunch on campus
A majority of the restaurants on Chalmers campuses are eco-labelled by a calculated carbon dioxide emission for all dishes. The goal of this action is to inform the guests on the food's environmental impact and to provide a long-term strategy for serving food in a sustainable way. The impact of our eating is presented by the menu planner app, CarbonAte, developed by Chalmers researchers and the start up company CarbonCloud, giving us a choice to make a good choice for lunch, in several aspects.
3D model of Campus Johanneberg
A research communication tool is available at Chalmers – a three-dimensional model of Campus Johanneberg with eye-catching visualisations. The 3D model can be used by anyone at Chalmers, at events such as conferences, exhibitions or meetings. You can also be involved in its development by entering visualisations of your own research, provided that it is linked in some way to the campus area and sustainability. This tool can also be used by anyone who sees the potential for using the campus area to illustrate a concept or theory. The model is an ideal tool for illustrating, for example, flows of energy, people or transport, invisible environmental data such as particles, wind or weather conditions. The only limits are your own imagination!
You are welcome to use the powerpoint model model to visualize your ideas on the campus in the 3D table.
To borrow or develop the 3D model, please contact Linnea Johansson, see contact page for details.
FED – Fossilfree Energy Districts
FED was an innovative project to reduce energy use and the reliance on fossil fuels in built environments. A unique local marketplace for electricity, district heating and cooling was developed during 2017-2019 at Campus Johanneberg.
The project was completed in 2019, but the marketplace remains and is open to both researchers and companies who want to test new energy solutions for transformation towards a sustainable society. For example, the marketplace is used in the ongoing Flexigrid
project, see above.Read more about the results from FED
Dome of Visions
The Dome of Visions was a visionary and inspiring arena for
meetings, exhibitions and seminars on sustainable societal development.
Chalmers is no longer involved in the arena, but the eye-catching wooden
building remains on Campus Lindholmen. Now it belongs to Nilsson Energy
Group, and the new name is Hydrogen Dome of Sweden. The building is used as an open innovation arena for green hydrogen.