Innovation at Vattenfall

We develop solutions and innovations that bring us closer to our goal of fossil-free living within one generation.

Vattenfall conducts research and development and technology-based innovation to provide new capabilities to serve our customers better, conduct high-performing operations and reduce the environmental impact of what we do. Most projects are conducted in partnership with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.

Vattenfall Innovation

We aim to empower our employees and boost an entrepreneurial and innovative culture. Vattenfall Innovation is an internal network with the purpose of finding new business opportunities and ideas for our future energy system.

Read about our innovative collaborations

Interior from one of SSAB's steel plants. Photo: SSAB

Together with partners LKAB and SSAB we are working towards fossil-free steel making.

Workers at a Preem refinery. Photo: Preem

Hydrogen gas plant – a step towards fossil freedom with Preem.

Water molecules

We are developing solutions to decarbonise industry through fossil-free hydrogen.

Vattenfall and the Swedish manufacturer of electric motorcycles CAKE aim to develop a fossil-free motorcycle.

Vattenfall and the manufacturer CAKE aim to develop a fossil-free motorcycle.

The SAS aircraft Neo

Exploring production of sustainable aviation fuel with SAS, Shell and LanzaTech.

More innovation projects

Vattenfall Network Solutions 100 kWh mobile energy storage

Mobile battery solution supports drones in fossil-free thinning of forests

Vattenfall’s 'Power-as-a-Service' solutions for mobile energy storage continue to develop. Together with Uppsala-based company, AirForestry, a one-year pilot project is now underway in which...

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Construction of Aberdeen wind farm

World’s first hydrogen-producing offshore wind turbine gets GBP 9.3million funding boost

Vattenfall has been awarded  GBP 9.3 million in innovation funding from the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 fund by the UK Government.

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Hydrogen gas-driven fuel cell system

Vattenfall commissions hydrogen gas-driven backup power for telecoms networks

Today, in collaboration with Ballard Power Systems and IT Norrbotten, Vattenfall is inaugurating Sweden’s first hydrogen gas-driven fuel cell plant for backup power for broadband networks. T...

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A wireless charging display inside a taxi

Vattenfall to test wireless charging technology for taxis

The Vattenfall automated charging and payment solution, InCharge, is part of a test that will make payment effortless while the electrical car is being charged wirelessly.

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Netterden Floating Solar Park
Photo: Jorrit Lousberg

Vattenfall opens its first floating solar farm

Vattenfall has opened its first floating solar farm in Gendringen, the Netherlands.

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Vattenfall replaces parts of the existing dam at Lilla Edet's power station

Less cement makes climate-smarter concrete

Vattenfall has developed a climate-smart hydropower concrete with less cement content that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around a quarter.

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Scania R 450 truck equipped with pantographs

Sweden and Germany are leading the development for electric roads

Germany and Sweden are world leaders when it comes to real-world studies on electric roads. On Gotland, the world's first wireless e-road has been finished.

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Vattenfall charging station

Flexible charging cuts electricity bills and creates grid stability

Steered charging of electric vehicles can provide the electricity grid with much needed flexibility. In Berlin and Amsterdam, Vattenfall is running two interesting new projects to test flexi...

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Torbjörn Wahlborg, Senior Executive Vice President Generation at Vattenfall (left), and Kalev Kallemets, CEO of Fermi Energia, at signing of LOI at Vattenfall's headquarters in Solna, Sweden.

Vattenfall advances its Estonian cooperation on Small Modular Reactors

For the past year Vattenfall has participated in a feasibility study by the Estonian start-up energy company Fermi Energia to explore the possibilities for Small Modular Reactor (SMR) deploy...

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A fish swimming

Smart algorithms for better fish migration

Is it a fish? Which fish is it? How is it doing? Vattenfall will soon be able to answer these questions immediately by programming smart self-learning algorithms. The aim is to use this tech...

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Drone inspecting wind turbine

Drone technology facilitates inspections of hard-to-access areas

Inspection of power lines, hydropower dams and nuclear reactors made simpler and safer by the use of drones.

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Steel mill

Decarbonisation through electrification – a comprehensive overview

Although climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, it holds immense opportunities for creative and innovative solutions. Vattenfall has a unique position to seize these op...

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An all-electric heavy truck from Kaunis Iron in pilot project with Vattenfall, among others, to develop a sustainable logistics system

All-electric heavy truck challenges the Arctic climate

Can electrically powered heavy trucks function in 44 °C below zero in northern Sweden? Kaunis Iron is now collaborating with Vattenfall, Volvo Trucks, ABB and Wist Last & Buss in a uniqu...

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The Storrotliden wind farm in Sweden

Vattenfall to deliver renewable energy 24/7 to Microsoft’s Swedish datacenters

Vattenfall and Microsoft in Sweden piloted 24/7 Matching solution last year and are now intensifying the partnership as energy partners.

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Vattenfall's heat plant in Uppsala, Sweden

Vattenfall and Aker Carbon Capture to achieve negative emissions in bio CCS-projects

Vattenfall and Aker Carbon Capture to achieve negative emissions in bio CCS-projects

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Careers

Do you have innovative ideas that could help Vattenfall change the future? Join us today.

Employees sharing a laugh

Innovation is our only choice

This year we invited people with different backgrounds to share their views on some of the big topics from our Annual and sustainability report 2021..

See also

A girl in a green sweater looking into the camera

We have decided to make the biggest leap yet to reduce the impact of climate change.

A group of children on a hill

Vattenfall's strategy originates from our purpose to Power Climate Smarter Living.

Woman riding an electric bike

We have a responsibility for our environmental and social impacts.