Test beds and test projects

Five Star Campus brings together, visualises and communicates various projects at Chalmers campuses in the field of sustainability.

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.


Dome of Visions

The Dome of Visions at the Lindholmen campus is an innovative, 10-metre-high dome made of wood and transparent plastic and a diameter of over 20 metres. The façade serves as a protective climate shell around the inner building, which is surrounded by trees and urban gardens. Chalmers employees who want to arrange an event in the Dome of Visions can contact Anna Näsbom. Please note that you can only book events in the Dome of Visions that are related to our themes Sustainability or Innovation.


S3  Shared Shuttle Services

The S3 Project (Shared Shuttle Services) tests how self-driving shuttles can improve urban transportation, by allowing increased densification of the city and reduce the need for on-site parking. The goal is to jointly design and pilot new shared mobility solutions for strengthening mobility in Gothenburg and Västra Götaland Regionen.
The collaborative project is led by RISE Research Institute and includes 16 partners, for example Chalmers, Chalmersfastigheter, Ericson and the City of Gothenburg. The first test is conducted at Chalmers campus Johanneberg and will continue at Lindholmen campus.

 Solar Panel at Campus Johanneberg Solar panels at campus Johanneberg

During 2018-2019 a large number of solar panels will be installed on suitable roofs around campus Johanneberg. The solar panels, which will cover approximately 4200 square meters of roof, are included in various research projects.
Read more about the project (in Swedish)

See how the installation progresses​ (film)


Based on research conducted by Chalmers University of Technology and Linköping University, the start-up company Epishine produces organic solar cells, which are being tested in a number of places on Campus Johanneberg. The solar cells being tested are millimetre thin, flexible and formable, intended for supplying power to Internet of Things gadgets.
Epishine  (external website)

Solar Initiative

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 molecular solar energy storage technology MOST, Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage. ​
Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage​

Solar Initiative

FED Illustration. Fossil Free Energy DistrictFED – Fossil-free Energy Districts

The FED – Fossil-free Energy Districts – project is an innovative effort to reduce energy use and the reliance on fossil fuels in built environments. A unique local market place for electricity, district heating and cooling is being developed during 2017-2019, and the FED testbed will be situated on Campus Johanneberg. FED is an EU project with nine collaboration partners from the academic and industrial sectors and society.
FED (external website)

The IRIS Smart Cities ConsortiumIRIS

IRIS (Integrated and Replicable Solutions for Co-Creation in Sustainable Cities) is a five-year EU project which began in 2017. Within IRIS, new solutions for urban development will be tested in 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.
IRIS (external website)

HSB Living Lab

HSB Living Lab is a unique research and cooperation project which is operated together with Johanneberg Science Park and HSB along with nine further partners. During 2016, an apartment block was constructed which currently houses some 30 students on Campus Johanneberg. While the building operates as a home, it also serves as a laboratory for Chalmers researchers.
HSB Living Lab (external website)

Positive Footprint Housing – Riksbyggen

Riksbyggen, Chalmers University of Technology, the 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 the Johanneberg campus. The research focuses on energy generation, mobility solutions, the choice of materials and construction methods.

Challenge Lab, picture on studentsChallenge Lab 

Challenge Lab is an arena at Chalmers University of Technology covering sustainability from a wide perspective. In the preparatory course “Leadership for Sustainable Transitions” Chalmers Campus is used as a case study. During the course, students seek to address the global challenges of the future and find concrete solutions to real problems. A number of ideas generated in the laboratory have developed into start-ups and been linked to the Chalmers campus areas.
Challenge Lab (external website)

Indoor bus stop, Electricity, Campus Lindholmen,ElectriCity

What new opportunities arise as a result of electrification of public transport in a city? Research at Chalmers University of Technology focuses on issues such as noise, environment, safety, technology, behaviour and sustainability. The bus route 55 running between the two campuses at Lindholmen and Johanneberg in Gothenburg is being used as a research arena.
ElectriCity (external website)

Published: Thu 21 Dec 2017. Modified: Mon 14 Jan 2019