Smart Cities Accelerator

Smart Cities Accelerator gathers central municipalities and academic institutions in Greater Copenhagen in a close collaboration focusing on energy optimisation away from fossile fuels towards more renewable energy sources. The project integrates development of sustainable solutions and datasets of various energy systems along with insight into behavioral patterns of citizens, legal matters and learning by school children. The aim is to create more sustainable solutions within the local authorities.

12 partners // 4 academic institutions, 5 cities: 1 district heating company, 1 energy company

– Sweden: Malmö City, Lund Municipality, Båstad Municipality, Lunds Universitet, Malmö Universitet, Kraftringen, E.ON Sweden
– Denmark: Copenhagen, Høje Taastrup, Høje Taastrup District Heating, University of Copenhagen, Technical University Denmark – DTU


Smart Cities Accelerator (SCA) is financed by the EU programme Interreg-ØKS, that supports crossregional collaboration in Europe. The project runs for a period of three years 2016 – 2020, and is supported by 6.468.000 Euro, where 50 % is cofinanced by the 12 partners.

Climate challenges such as global warming, air pollution and pressure on natural resources has resulted in a number of political objectives at local /regional, national, European and global level. One of the major climate objectives is to substitute fossil fuels with sustainable and renewable energy. This requires interdisciplinary development of methods and technologies. SCA focuses on facilitating knowledge sharing and the development of demonstration projects that can create more sustainable solutions within the municipal energy supply system from energy production to energy consumption.

SCA will facilitate the development of greener solutions by combining seven vertical focus areas within the energy sector with four cross sectorial horizontal areas. The horizontal areas are anchored in strong research environments including data, behaviour, law/regulations and learnings on both sides of the Sound. These horizontal

areas will focus on:

– Identifying opportunities and barriers for greener solutions, beyond energy engineering disciplines
– Developing specific demonstration models and solutions that can increase the proportion of renewable energy consumed

The participating cities will take the lead on the seven vertical focus areas in which they have high activity and interests. The lead roles on the horizontal areas are placed with specialist environments at the universities. When the project groups of the vertical focus areas have defined climate targets they involve specialists from the four horizontal areas. Through joint workshops they design specifications for demonstration projects. Through Climate-KICs large international networks and through targeted attraction campaigns, the aim is to screen and select the strongest international companies to join the demonstration projects.

The above frame leads to the following main objectives of SCA: By combining seven green, vertical technical focus areas with four interdisciplinary, horizontal focus areas, SCA will accelerate the proportion of renewable energy consumption in the five partner municipalities located in the Greater Copenhagen area. This will be achieved through the following sub-objectives:

1. Under each of the seven vertical focus areas, SCA creates regional platforms for knowledge sharing on how to create better and faster renewable energy solutions. The goal is reached when the seven platforms constituted and will hold biannual meetings as referred to in the action plan.

2. In the context of current and future demonstration projects, SCA will built an interdisciplinary dimension with the four horizontal priorities, which are coupled to each of the seven vertical areas. The goal is reached when there is initiated seven demonstration projects arising out of specifications developed jointly between the vertical and horizontal project teams.

3. SCA aims to recruit strong innovative companies for demonstration projects within the seven vertical focus areas. This sub-objective will be achieved through open innovation calls and international branding. The goal is reached when there may be selected at least 7 companies relevant to each of the seven areas, and when at least one company in each focus area has a quality so that the partners want to involve the company in the related demonstration projects.


(May 2019, SCA Projectlead, Anne Marie Damgaard)