Press release

Fortum and Skanska in co-operation around sustainable cities of the future

26 May 2009, 9:30 EEST

Fortum Corporation
Press release
26 May 2009

Fortum and Skanska in co-operation around sustainable cities of the future Fortum and Skanska have launched a joint project to pilot energy solutions for sustainable cities of the future. Fortum equips one of Skanska's residential buildings in Kungsholmen, Stockholm, with electricity-generating solar panels that can be used to recharge the residents' electric car. Project is first of its kind. The 16 storey building will have 35 square meter solar panels - generating about 3,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually - installed on its roof. The electricity will be used to provide lighting in the stairwell and for recharging the electric car that is in the residents' disposal via a car pool. A display where the residents can check among other things how much electricity is being produced and for how long the car has been charged will be placed at the entrance of the building. The system is expected to be ready for use in October. In the future, instead of only consuming energy, households are increasingly expected to also produce it - for example with solar panels and small-scale wind power units - and to feed the excess electricity to the network. “With this cooperation, we can show a way toward a future where renewable energy production, electric cars and charging posts are a natural part of our living environment. Small-scale energy production and new technology will open up new possibilities for us and our clients alike, and help us build sustainable cities of the future,” says Marie Fossum, Head of Business Development at Fortum Distribution. The project "Lindhagensterrassen 3" is the first step to meet the growing need of small scale energy production and part of Fortum's and Skanska's joint project ‘Sustainable Urban Living'. The project aims to create a concept for urban areas where the energy consumption of buildings will be very low or even net-zero. ”Skanska is determined to be the world's leading project developer and contractor in environmental efficiency. Now we have a possibility to test and demonstrate in full scale the solutions of the future in the middle of central Stockholm. It is an excellent step on the road to a more sustainable society," says Johanna Eriksson, environmental specialist, Skanska Nya Hem. Skanska and Fortum are investigating the possibility to initiate a similar project in Finland. Fortum Corporation Corporate Communications Additional information: Marie Fossum, Head of business development, Fortum Distribution, tel. +46 8 671 86 51 Johanna Eriksson, environmental specialist, Skanska Nya Hem, tel. + 46 10 448 13 56