Ongoing Research Projects

Bio-blend prototype testing

The bio-blend is a food waste processing system that can be installed underneath any kitchen sink. When washing down the food waste in the drain, it collects the waste in a container, to later be used for composting or biogas generation. Sensors in the system send information to a web-page where users can see how much food waste has been collected and its environmental gains. The project will have two primary aims: to investigate the possible benefit of a household integrated bio-waste treatment system (HIB), and to investigate the user experience of in-sink garbage disposals in a country where such systems are uncommon. This project includes real life testing of the prototype, evaluation of different use scenarios and the development of a new interface. 

Contact: Isobel Ordonez

Building-integrated photovoltaics

Photovoltaics have been of interest to HSB Living Lab from the start. This is a project to realize this by building-integrated photovoltaics. The project aims to install solar panels on the façade and on the roof of HSB Living Lab. The project includes both the actual installation of the solar cells and further research and evaluation of solar cell and its performance after assembly. The research is funded by Chalmers Energy Area of Advance as part of the project "Evaluation of a million program building renovation to passive house with building integrated PV roof and façade ". Three different photovoltaic systems will be installed and compared, both on the roof and on the façade with different types of solar cells. Data from the produced solar electricity will be made available in the building's database and possibly visualized for the residents.

Contact: Filippa Borg, Göteborg Energi

Front-End & Back-End Development of PET Interface – The Smart Energy Future in Private Homes

The introduction of information and communication technologies (ICT) in smart energy networks, housing and everyday devices will provide new opportunities for energy supply, consumption and, in particular, the interface between them. Digitalisation is the starting point for the PET project, funded by HSB Living Lab's Research Fund, aiming to develop a personal-energy threshold (PET) front-end interface to enable users more actively to engage in their energy use by setting own goals and limits. This brand new tool will not only integrate real-time data on energy production and energy consumption, enabling end-users in their homes to actively contribute to cut energy peaks by offering alternatives to managing and distribute their own energy needs in a more sustainable manner, for example by matching availability and demand.

Contact: Ulrike Rahe

More by Less – End-users roles in smart energy networks

The purpose of the project funded by the cooperation agreement with Göteborg Energi is to investigate how products and services can enable residents to satisfy their energy-related needs in a future smart energy network with as little environmental impact as possible without reducing their quality of life. This includes both district heating and electricity consumption. The project has its starting point on people's current habits and practices (also referring to former studies from the parent project More by Less – District Heating) and expected technology development, to be investigated in this project in a mixed method approach. Based on that, scenarios will be built, describing how people could live more energy-efficiently. The research platform used is HSB Living Lab.

Contact: Ulrike Rahe

The climate smart apartment

The project take departure in a pre-study that shows that residents in owner-occupied apartments to a higher degree than expected re-build and renovate their homes after just a few years in operation. This results in higher material flows and climate impact than what should be the normal situation. The renovations are driven by low quality of materials and equipment, a wish to personalise, but also by the original design of the apartments. The residents rebuild to use the space in a different way than it was intended to, for example by adding more bedrooms. The study also indicated that regulation for accessibility for disables in themselves, and the design solutions they result in, can be motivating for modifications. The aim of this new project is to research the possibilities for more climate smart design for apartments. The design should meet and facilitate the residents wish to adapt the apartment over time for changing needs at the same time as the design generate less material flows than the current design for apartments. The objective is to define a number of key values and design guidelines for a selection of functions/design/solutions in apartments to reach more climate smart apartments.

Contact: Paula Femenias

The Future of the Laundry

Human behaviour in laundries causes massive wastage of textiles, water and electricity, and avoidable climate and aquatic pollution. Models of consumer behaviour in laundries are frequently based on unreliable self-reported behaviour. This project aims to improve environmental outcomes by reducing uncertainty in existing systems analyses, and to find out how to improve consumer behaviour in laundries. We will answer questions about how physical interventions and resource use information generated in the laundry can affect consumer behaviour. Outcomes of this research will have practical use in the development of multiunit dwellings, social media campaigns for reducing resource use and waste generation, and for garment industry sustainability actions.

Contact: Gregory Peters

Published: Tue 27 Oct 2015. Modified: Tue 25 Apr 2017