The municipality of Kiruna is undergoing a city transformation process which involves moving the entire city, creating a unique opportunity to develop a system for sustainable building of a community.
From this opportunity, the idea was born to create a test-bed for lighting. Kiruna has an Arctic climate that varies between cold and dark winter months and light summer months when the sun does not set at all. The largest underground mine in the world is also located in Kiruna, providing a unique environment for testing different types of lighting.
The pilot study “Test-bed Lighting in Kiruna”, that was funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, involved carrying out a pilot study/planning phase for an open physical test-bed for lighting in a new city in Kiruna in an Arctic climate.
The conclusion was that the conditions were not right for the planned test-bed, but that there is a good basis for future project collaboration. The best development would be to supplement practical installations and measurements with a virtual test-bed that combines simulations and virtual reality with measurements from installations in cities in other participating municipalities.
Contact person: Carl Bernin, Tekniska verken i Kiruna AB, Carl.Bernin@tvab.kiruna.se
Project Manager: Aila Määttä, Tekniska Verken i Kiruna AB
Partners: Kiruna municipality, Tekniska Verken i Kiruna AB (TVAB), Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden with Smart Housing Småland.
Financed by: Swedish Energy Agency