Case Study

A market dialogue with energy companies brought innovative solutions

Challenge:
The city of Espoo was planning a new residential area in Suurpelto, as one of the biggest development projects in the Helsinki Metropolitan area, and was looking for innovative energy solutions. Due to a demanding schedule, the solutions had to be such that already existed on the market. For this task, the City of Espoo contracted Solved.

Our Approach & Key Outcomes:
Solved conducted a market dialogue, which aimed to examine the existing offering on the market and identify the most innovative and feasible option for a district heating system. Solved carefully identified 60 relevant companies, including startups and SMEs, that were invited to join. The dialogue was carried out both offline, in two physical workshops, and online, on the Solved platform. The platform was used for communicating and sharing knowledge in between face-to-face meetings. First, the companies worked together to set the desired targets and brainstorm innovative solutions that were then ranked based on their impact on reaching the overarching goal, as well as, based on how easy they were to realize. The companies also presented their products and services to the client, as well as examined compatibilities with each other and explored potential opportunities for joining efforts to deliver larger and more holistic solutions. As a result, three alternative concept proposals were brought to the table by the Solved experts, who curated and led the entire discussion throughout the market dialogue. The city of Espoo selected one of the three concepts and have now moved to the implementation phase.

Photo: Espoo.fi

Solved’s digital platform provided us a way to engage with the commercial players, which, as a city, is not always seamless. We used the digital platform to interact with companies of various sizes and experts within the Solved network to cocreate new, smart and sustainable energy solutions for an upcoming living district in Espoo. Various concepts were created and the best was selected for implementation.

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