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Innovative Hiedanranta

Future Solutions

In vision the city district of Hiedanranta will produce more than it consumes. In order to attain this ambitious objective, new solutions must be developed together.

Hiedanranta serves as a development platform for experiments and projects that promote smart technology, sustainability and circular economy solutions. We are cooperating with city residents, businesses, research institutions and other organisations.

The focus in the development of the new city district is on the inhabitant – smart and sustainable solutions are sought to make life smoother for future city dwellers.

On this website, you can read about the ongoing research and development projects as well as the business activities in the Hiedanranta area.

Research and development projects

Hiedanranta MaaS

The project focuses on experimenting with new kinds of mobility services in the Hiedanranta area and packaging them for the service users.

The aim is to facilitate mobility in Hiedanranta and to improve the connections from the area to the surrounding services. Practical travel chains will be provided to users in order to improve access by public transport to the current functions in Hiedanranta, such as Lielahti Manor and the Kulttuuritila Kuivaamo event venue. At the same time, the businesses in the area will be provided with efficient and sustainable solutions for the daily mobility of people and goods.

For further information, please contact:

City of Tampere
[email protected]
+358 40 163 7226

Urban Nature Labs

The UNALAB project develops the nature-based management of stormwaters in Hiedanranta and Vuores. Tampere is one of the three demonstration cities in this EU project, particularly due to the stormwater management system that runs via the Vuores central park.

The City of Tampere’s aim is to further develop the stormwater management system in Vuores and monitor the functionality of the system, i.e. how efficiently the detention and infiltration structures and the wetland clean the stormwaters before they are directed into the oligotrophic lakes in the area. The experience gained in Vuores will be utilised in Hiedanranta, where the planning of the stormwater management systems and green areas is only beginning.

For further information, please contact:

City of Tampere
[email protected]
+358 40 538 6535

HIERAKKA – Hiedanranta as a nutrient cycle and public awareness development area in 2017–2018

The objective is to gain more information on the long-term effects of using human urine as a fertilizer, to advocate the use and official approval of urine as a fertilizer, and to influence general attitudes towards the matter. Various events will be arranged in Hiedanranta during the project for consumers, officials and experts, and the public will be able to visit the project's testing fields.

For further information, please contact:

Huussi ry / Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland
[email protected]
+358 45 875 3576

Growing algae biomass in source-separated urine

Urine contains a major proportion of the nutrients in municipal waste water. An important goal is to make the recovery of these nutrients and the related infrastructure more efficient. In the project, researchers bind nutrients from source-separated urine into algae biomass and investigate further possibilities for the utilisation of the nutrient-rich biomass produced.

The growing of algae in source-separated urine is tested at the Hiedanranta algae growing plant.

For further information, please contact:

Tampere University of Technology
[email protected]
+358 50 447 8751

Sorvaamo – professional support service for building conservation

Sorvaamo is an ESF-funded collaboration project that assists unemployed people in finding employment in the field of building conservation. The Jukola timber building in Hiedanranta is being renovated in the project.

The conservative method of renovation means that a building is considered as a whole, taking into account the life spans of various structural elements of the building. Conservative renovation extends the life spans of buildings and saves materials, in addition to reducing the carbon footprint and improving the quality of the renovation work.

For further information, please contact:

Ekokumppanit Oy / EcoFellows Ltd.
[email protected]
+358 40 130 4854

SOGREEN

SOGREEN is a Tampere University of Technology and University of Helsinki joint project exploring green walls and green roofs. The aim is to produce researched information on the functionality of various green solutions and on experiences related to them as regards environmental quality.

For further information, please contact:

Tampere University of Technology
[email protected]
+358 40 514 9993

Active Refugees in the Community

The ARC project offers communal, down-to-earth activities involving urban agriculture and cultural events in Hiedanranta. The activities – an example being gardening consultation gatherings open to all – engage Tampere residents and immigrants and facilitate the meeting of cultures, the distribution of information and, for immigrants, the chance to practise speaking the local language.

For further information, please contact:

Pirkanmaan Martat ry / the Pirkanmaa Martha organization
[email protected]
+358 50 371 8913

Urban Smart Energy (USE)

The USE project studies and develops a scalable service scheme that is based on digital solutions and combines energy consumption and production in a versatile manner, in addition to investigating and developing technologies in support of such a system. The experimental core of the project is the local renewable energy experiment with its measuring arrangements that will be implemented in the new Tampere city district of Hiedanranta.

The system will be planned and implemented as a collaboration between researchers, the participating businesses and the City of Tampere. The project will lay the foundations for the development of the Hiedanranta city district and highlight the energy ecosystem in the area.

For further information, please contact:

Tampere University of Technology
[email protected]
+358 50 512 4593

Energy-Smart Cities (EKAT) – a Six City Strategy (6Aika) project

The objective is to bring the six largest cities in Finland to the cutting edge of urban development by renewing the energy systems of buildings and areas utilising digitalization and the Internet of Things.

For further information, please contact:

Smart Tampere development programme / City of Tampere
[email protected]
+358 40 801 6035

CircHubs – a 6Aika project on future circular economy hubs

The aim of the project is to identify new business opportunities and business models in a circular economy as well as new partnerships and new forms of collaboration in the regions of the 6Aika cities. The objective is also to support the commercialisation of innovations related to a circular economy.

For further information, please contact:

Business Tampere
[email protected]
+358 40 630 4840

Digital roadmap of Hiedanranta

The objective of the project is to create a digital roadmap that supports the horizontal development of Hiedanranta, incorporating the solutions of a future smart city in all stages of planning. Digital solutions are a key element in achieving the sustainability goals.

For further information, please contact:

City of Tampere / Digital programme
[email protected]
+358 40 182 8773

Building maintenance training in a real work environment

The Tampere Vocational College Tredu has moved a part of their building maintenance training to Hiedanranta in cooperation with the City of Tampere Employment Services. The aim is for Hiedanranta to become a multi-disciplinary practical learning environment for Tredu students.

For further information, please contact:

Tredu
[email protected]
+358 40 868 7254

Circular Economy in a Built Environment

This is a doctoral dissertation study investigating practices for a successful urban development project that promotes circular economy innovations.

The objective is to establish how multi-disciplinary cooperation and the adoption of new technologies change the practices of planning and administration. The aim of the study is to produce a concept for experimental urban planning that is acceptable to all parties involved in the planning.

For further information, please contact:

Tampere University of Technology
[email protected]
+358 50 309 0413


Utilising the waste fibre in the lake bed sediment at Hiedanranta

The Zero Waste from Zero Fiber project aims at developing the utilisation of waste fibre in Hiedanranta. The objective is to recover the waste wood fibre, or flour, that has accumulated on the bottom of Lake Näsijärvi for economical and sustainable utilization, without significant environmental hazards.

The project will develop a new microbiological process in which waste fibre from pulp production can be used to produce valuable chemicals, biogas and organic fertilizers.

The waste wood fibre spearhead project has been granted funding from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Blue Bioeconomy Programme. The City of Tampere is implementing the project in cooperation with businesses and several universities.

Dwellers in Agile Cities

This is a research project funded by the Academy of Finland Strategic Research Council. In the DAC project, the city dweller is considered to be the key driver of urban development. We focus on experimental and open-minded cases in Finnish cities as well as internationally interesting examples.

For further information, please contact:

University of Tampere, Faculty of Management
[email protected]
+358 50 509 9026

Drone testing area in Hiedanranta

Several businesses and research institutions in the Tampere region are actively developing drone technologies and applications. Drones are opening up new opportunities for globally scalable business. To support such opportunities, Business Tampere, Smart Tampere and the Hiedanranta Development Programme are collaborating to build a new kind of testing area for drones in Hiedanranta.

The purpose is to use the old plastic factory in Hiedanranta for developing and testing drone technologies as well as for test flights. The tests will be carried out by businesses and research institutions operating within the Tampere region.

For further information, please contact:

Business Tampere
[email protected]
+358 50 511 7341

KIVIREKI – resource-efficient business from urban agriculture

The key objective of the project was to generate, develop and test business opportunities facilitated by urban agriculture applications as well as new innovations and knowhow related to urban agriculture practices that implement the principle of a closed nutrient cycle.

The initial hypothesis was that, in addition to being a leisure activity, urban agriculture has the potential to be developed into large-scale and financially profitable business. The project served as an innovation platform for various urban agriculture solutions.

For further information, please contact:

Tampere University of Applied Sciences
[email protected]
+358 40 846 9452

Business activities in Hiedanranta

Strawberry cultivation plant

Evergreen Farm Oy is developing the cultivation of strawberries in Hiedanranta based on a closed cycle and artificial intelligence. In the cultivation system, strawberry seedlings are planted into large cylinders with a nutrient solution running inside the cylinders. The necessary lighting is provided by LED lamps.

For further information, please contact:

Evergreen Farm Oy
[email protected]
+358 50 390 3333

Smart sanitation

The entire sanitation system for the Kulttuuritila Kuivaamo event venue is waterless. There are thirteen dry toilets and six waterless urinals. The system was designed by DT-Keskus and is a significant pilot on a Nordic scale. The urine-separating toilets enable the recycling of nutrients and consume less water and energy than flush toilets.

The development that began with the Kuivaamo dry toilets in Hiedanranta is now progressing towards remote-controlled and remote-monitored toilets. The composting equipment processes the solid toilet waste, turning it into fertilizer. The container toilet experiment was launched in the spring of 2018, initially serving the Tredu students in Hiedanranta.

Biochar power plant

The Carbofex Oy power plant produces biochar in Hiedanranta. It can be used as a growth medium and as soil improvement material. By means of biochar, contaminants can also be filtered from soil, water and air. In the future, heat generated by the power plant will also be distributed as district heat. The power plant is carbon-neutral.

For further information, please contact:

Carbofex Oy
[email protected]
+358 41 593 265

In addition, numerous entrepreneurs and businesses are operating in Hiedanranta, such as the Paja community of craftsmen and women. You can check out the other businesses and services in Hiedanranta on the Temporary Hiedanranta website.

Contact

Project Manager Tiina Sahakari Tel. 044 423 5610