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Renewable energy for GoCo Health Innovation City

The agreement is officially signed, it will be renewable locally produced district heating and district cooling for GoCo Health Innovation City. This is an important step when moving into the implementation phase. The construction of the first house is already underway and is expected to be completed by September 2021.

"It feels great that we could find an agreement with a company located in Mölndal. To get locally produced and renewable energy for the GoCo area is just what we were hoping for," says Peder Wahlgren, CEO of GoCo Developement.

"We have a good collaboration with Mölndal Energi and have found a solution that is both flexible and long-term orientated. We have already started construction work so this collaboration is important so that we can continue as planned," he adds.

GoCo Health Innovation City has a vision to be Sweden's largest life sciences cluster. Co-developed by Next Step, Vectura, and AstraZeneca, the 100,000 square-meter campus aims to house 350 large and small companies, as well as researchers and students. In total, the cluster will have more than 7,000 workspaces. The first new building is now under construction and will be a state-of-the-art laboratory building for diagnostics development, with 8,000 square metres tailor made for new tenant Fujirebio.

The agreement with Mölndal Energi means that the GoCo properties will be connected to the district heating network. A new district cooling facility will also be built, which in the long term will open up the possibility for more properties in Åbro with a nearby area to connect.

"It's fantastic to be part of how the city is growing and expanding right now through innovative projects such as GoCo Health Innovation City. This is also a very important collaboration for the City of Mölndal. Since GoCo has chosen district heating instead of electricity as a heating solution, there is more room for movement in the grid, which is important as we move towards electric vehicles and as fossil fuels are replaced by electricity.

"GoCo has proven to choose long-term processes, and it is gratifying to see that they decide to invest in this solution before other alternatives," says Christian Schwartz, CEO of Mölndal Energi AB.

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