Test beds for sustainable solutions
The campuses at Chalmers should be perceived to be open, attractive and sustainable. They should awaken curiosity and stimulate innovation, and in easily accessible ways enhance understanding of the sustainability research undertaken at Chalmers.
Five star campus was a programme that ran from 2017 through 2021, with a final conference in November 2021. The programme was aimed at developing the campus areas so that they attract international attention and are perceived to be attractive, experimental environments that embody and give a visible shape to Chalmers’ vision “For a sustainable future”. Campuses should express the image of Chalmers as an innovative world-class university – spending time on our campuses should be fun!
Five star campus worked to create several challenge driven test and demonstration projects, in collaboration with the academic and industrial sectors and wider society, to strengthen the transition to sustainable systems. The campus areas are well suited to such collaborative projects for a number of reasons. On the one hand, they are centrally located and coherent areas with few property owners, which makes them somewhat more controlled environments than ordinary city districts, which normally have a large number of property owners and other stakeholders. On the other hand the people on campus are our main asset: thousands of tech-savvy and community-minded students, researchers and other employees contributing their own innovative ideas and commitment to test and demo projects. Chalmers' collaboration with business and society was an asset to the programme, and was deepened within the projects.
Some of the initiatives from Five Star Campus are now highly visible and easily accessible in the physical campus environments, while others require slightly more curiosity to track down. Five Star Campus strived to actively visualise and communicate the test and demonstration projects initiated in the campus areas.
The Johanneberg and Lindholmen campuses operate under different conditions, and the projects on each site focused on somewhat different themes. There are many projects under way at Johanneberg in the field of sustainable energy solutions, and test beds and demo projects in the area of urban development. The Lindholmen campus is characterised by a diversity of stakeholders whose main focus is on the automotive industry and ICT. Here you can find several test and demo projects within the mobility sector.
Test bed walk
Chalmers University of Technology can be experienced in many different ways, one of them being through the research undertaken, demonstrated, tested and visualised on the campus areas. At Johanneberg we bring together the projects most worth visiting in a testbed tour, which can be combined with study visits or other types of events, or simply to make a meeting stand out and be more inspiring.
Depending on the occasion and requirements, it is possible to engage a project manager or researcher who will provide a more detailed commentary for all or parts of the tour. Contact the Five Star Campus programme office, see the contact page.