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Published: 9 June 2022, 10: 57Updated: 16 June 2022, 13: 38 Just over 98 percent of the electricity produced in Sweden is fossil-free. But in step with climate change, our energy needs are also increasing sharply. It means a great challenge – but also an opportunity to think new and innovative. Technology can change the world and drive the green transition forward. But then more collaborations and opportunities are needed to discuss and exchange experiences. That’s why Huawei arranged “Green Summit 2022”In Stockholm in early June. The goal was to create long-term opportunities in a Swedish context for new innovative solutions to environmental problems. During one morning, representatives from politics, authorities, business and academia discussed the climate challenges from different perspectives. Technical solutions and innovations from several industries were highlighted and representatives from the solar energy industry told about how the development there is going at a furious pace with the help of new smart technology.

Debates and discussions

The audience also heard about green startups whose purpose is to contribute to reduced emissions through innovation. An example is Plaant, which has developed a smart greenhouse for indoor use – without soil. In addition, Swedish authorities were represented by the Swedish Energy Agency, which spoke about the growing need for electricity and what is needed for Sweden to meet the needs of the new electrification wave. During a panel discussion, representatives from the Swedish Energy Agency, Huawei and Plaant agreed that Sweden generally has a good starting point for achieving our common sustainability goals. However, we need to look to the future. That Sweden today is at the forefront should not be taken for granted. What the panelists wanted from the government was that digitization should become a top priority because increased digitization can contribute to meeting many of the challenges we face. In addition, clearer goals and a shifted focus were desired, away from society’s conflicts of interest to increased cooperation regarding the need for different types of energy types.

Puts the ball rolling

The aim of the day was to create an understanding of how technology and innovations can contribute to solving many of the challenges that exist for Sweden to achieve the high climate goals set by the government. During the Green Summit, the speakers also discussed how we can together drive sustainable innovation from the perspective of the rapidly growing solar energy sector. Speakers from Soltech Energy Solutions, the industry organization Swedish Solar Energy, CheckWatt and the sustainability consulting firm Ethos praised Sweden’s good climate for entrepreneurs. However, views were expressed on the policy – making ability of politicians when it comes to prioritizing environmental issues and this is an obstacle for new innovative companies. An example that was highlighted was blunt environmental assessments which, instead of looking at the energy needs at system level, limit the actors who have green and innovative solutions to help create a green and sustainable energy production.

World leader in solar technology

It was the first time Huawei arranged Green Summit in Sweden and the idea is that the platform will grow to become an ever larger arena for collaborations. The plan is to arrange corresponding conferences in Norway and Finland later this year. – This type of arena is missing today, so it was very valuable. Here, authorities, politicians, business, innovators and entrepreneurs met – we shared opinions and experiences and discussed the obstacles that exist in an open way. I gained several new insights and am very satisfied, says Christoffer Caesar, CEO of Soltech Energy Solutions. Most people may associate Huawei with mobile phones and network equipment, but the company is also one of the world leaders in solar energy technology. Huawei already runs several different innovation projects together with Soltech Energy Solutions. Among other things, Soltech has enlisted the help of Huawei’s solution for battery storage of energy at its charging station for Scania’s electric trucks. The charging station will reduce the long charging times that have so far slowed down the increased use of electrified vehicles.

Opens for more collaborations

During the event, Soltech Energy Solutions was also presented as Huawei’s strategic partner in the Digital Power business area. The two companies have recently begun further collaboration to continue to drive development in solar energy and smart energy solutions. – We are impressed by Huawei’s high level of innovation and the quality of their products and solutions. With this collaboration, we can take advantage of each other’s strengths and create an even better offer in the Swedish solar energy industry, says Christoffer Caesar. Some of Huawei’s collaborations in the Nordic region include one with the innovative solar cell company GruppSol, which is building VillaZero – Sweden’s first carbon-neutral villa. With partners, Huawei has also developed an innovative AI solution to sort out and stop the invasion of humpback salmon in Norwegian rivers, which poses a major threat to the local fauna. The hope is that Green Summit will contribute to more collaborations. – During the day, we gathered many different skills and actors. We hope that it can open up for more collaboration and innovation projects. That power is crucial for creating a sustainable society, says Kenneth Fredriksen. The article is produced by Brand Studio in collaboration with Huawei and not an article by Dagens industri

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