Campus Ås

Campus Ås was selected as an alternative location to the Fredrikstad showcase as the latter was omitted due to delays in the construction process. Campus Ås houses Norway's largest interdisciplinary academic environment in the life sciences. A full scale “Greenergy” system, similar to the one planned in Fredrikstad, is now under construction in the Campus Ås showcase. The Showcase Campus Ås has the same ambitions as the showcase in Cicignon Park – Fredrikstad: to demonstrate that an innovative combination of known and emerging technologies, actions and planning can contribute to achieve a resilient, climate, environment and human friendly urban development. Circular solutions contribute to near zero emissions, low climate and water footprint as well as economic and health benefits. Showcase Campus Ås will elucidate that urban agriculture (UA) can be practiced year around in cold climate and be sustained by recycling urban waste and water resources and at the same time supply much of a city´s need for water for households and green areas. Solar technology will reduce heating costs in winter. Urban agriculture and green structures will also facilitate stormwater handling, increase climate resilience and contribute to a healthier happier life. The showcase includes 24 flats with vacuum toilets. Greywater and blackwater (toilet waste) are separated and treated on site. Blackwater and organic household waste are used for production of biogas. The gas will be used to co-generate heat and power. The effluent from the biogas reactor (digestate) is used to produce liquid and solid fertilizer as well as compost for use in plant production. A super insulated greenhouse will utilize these resources for growing food year around in hydroponic, aquaponic, soil-based and paper based systems. Examples of composting systems and balcony growing of vegetables will be demonstrated. In addition to the dwellers of the 24 flats that use the system, Showcase Campus Ås will be exposed to students, staff and visitors to the university as well as the general public.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774233.