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Digitally controlled cultivation systems in peri-urban industrial areas

The City of Stockholm (business administration, environmental administration and city management office), private property owners and the business associations Högdalsgruppen and Sweheat want to carry out pilot installations of innovative and high-tech controlled cultivation systems for fruit and vegetables in the city's industrial areas.

Installations in industrial areas enable the integration of cultivation systems into the resource flows of industrial areas, creating synergies with significant positive environmental effects. In addition, the potential for civic engagement in industrial areas and new job opportunities matching the conditions of new arrivals is created.

The project is a feasibility study that will deliver an economically and technically viable installation plan for at least one pilot plant. The project contributes to the city's goal of increased local food security and several of the environmental goals for 2016-2019. At the same time, the project contributes to Viable Cities performance targets 5&7, to outcome targets 1, 3, 4 & 5 and especially to impact targets 1, 4 & 5.

This project has received continued funding in the new Digitalized Farming Systems project.


  • Project manager: Irena Lundberg, Invest Stockholm

  • Partners: Invest Stockholm, Sweheat, the Swedish export association for district heating technology, the Högdal Group with about 60 property owners and companies in Högdalens industrial area, Sweden FoodTech, the leading arena for young companies and venture capital companies in the food sector.

  • Total budget: 450 000 SEK

  • Grant requested: SEK 225 000

  • Start date: 2018-06-01

  • End date: 2018-12-31

  • Type of action: feasibility study

  • Keywords: controlled environment agriculture, urban farming, industrial areas, foodtech, circular resource flows, attractiveness and jobs