What are advanced system solutions? Starting in the autumn of 2016, a grant will be available for leading-edge technologies and advanced systems in urban environments. We explain the term advanced system solutions below. svenska Share Contact Listen Advanced system solutions are created by linking existing systems to technologies in order to create sustainable overarching solutions for our cities. In this way, resources can be shared or repurposed in new contexts. In practice, this may take on many forms and be designed at different system levels. Examples of system levels are a city, a neighbourhood, individual buildings and infrastructure facilities. New, sustainable solutions can build on existing technologies or new technologies that are integrated in innovative ways. Local conditions and the availability of local resources are often decisive for the design and operation of advanced system solutions. Advanced system solutions create a more efficient use of raw materials, intermediate goods, water and energy, which is positive from both an economic and an environmental perspective. Creating solutions for a better environment benefits entrepreneurship and the renewal of existing companies. A good urban environment also contributes to health, attractiveness and security. Examples of advanced system solutions Connections between different technical systems can significantly improve the environment and economic performance for all its systems. One example of this is the biogas chain. In this chain, organic waste is digested to biogas, which is then upgraded to vehicle fuel used in city buses, and the residue is finally returned to some form of reproductive system. Use of waste heat from industries, residential areas or server halls for heating homes, greenhouses and other buildings. Peri-urban food production that uses waste heat and other urban residues. Water and sewage systems that not only purify wastewater, but also recycle the nutrients, energy and water in the wastewater. Interconnections of different modes of transport for transporting passengers or goods. Links between multiple networks for electricity generation and distribution. Achieving interaction between different technical solutions for environmental and energy efficiency in a building. Creating multifunctional surfaces and spaces in the built environment. An example is a noise barrier that also acts as a solar collector — a new system solution on a small scale. Or taking advantage of rooftop space or partially used sections of urban space for solar panels, roof gardens or local stormwater solutions. This creates both social and economic benefits. IT support that increases the utilisation of public buildings, such as school premises during out-of-school time. This improves resource efficiency in the use of the city’s buildings. The use of natural resources in new ways for heating, cooling or ventilation. One example of this is hospitals that use snow stored from winter to create cooling during summer. System integration between buildings in a city, as well as between technical supply systems and the urban ecosystem services created by cultural and natural vegetation in the city. These systems lead to cleaner air, less noise and less wastewater for treatment plants to manage. They contribute to improved climate adaptation and less pollution of our waterways.