We want to form a team that can create unique competitive advantages through collaboration and implementation of a circular cultivation system. Sustainable Food 2.0 provides an opportunity for several operators to participate. Below is a description of which operators we are looking for, as well as unique advantages that each operator can achieve within this project.

Property Owners

We are looking for companies that want to develop a circular and sustainable food production of tomorrow, as owners of the production facilities.

It is a possible to acquire property and build rental facilities for interested farmers, and in total there are 220 hectares of land available, 18.5 hectares of which are already planned for the described food production. Ljusdal municipality will assist with building permits and other necessary permits through the municipality’s commercial office, which works with local government and companies, ultimately securing a short and easy process.

Fish Farmers

We are looking for fish farmers who want to be a part of and support the development of a circular and sustainable food production.
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We believe that by utilising the latest technologies in energy efficiency and integrated system solutions, it is possible to achieve a sustainable and environmentally friendly food production that also has very good economic viability. Therefore, we are looking for those who want to work with the latest technology and also contribute to further development.

Today, fish consumption is increasing significant both in Sweden and internationally. Overfishing in combination with environmental pollution create limitations on the ability to meet the demand on wild fish stocks. A large increase in various fish farms is now apparent in not only lakes and sea, but also in land-based fish farms, and the use of open cages in lakes and at sea is resulting in circular production where you can care for and recover nutrients and organic waste products.  Recent years of rapid technological development means that large-scale circular land-based fish farms (RAS plants) are now well proven and cost-effective when used on a large scale.

Major costs and environmental benefits can be achieved for fish farming in conjunction with completely sustainable and circular production, which can be strengthened even further if combined with cultivation in greenhouses. The aim is thus to establish a large-scale aquaponic plant in Ljusdal that fully takes advantage of the synergies that can be achieved through this combined cultivation. This coordination will generate substantial environmental and cost savings partly through simplified purification measures in the fish farm, but also because:

  • water becomes a resource for the horticultural production;
  • warm fish water reduces the heat demand in the greenhouses;
  • sludge is a utility for surrounding farmland;
  • excess water is a utility for the surrounding farmland; and
  • well-organised collection of the organic waste in the area (fish waste, plant parts, cow feces, food waste) enables large-scale upgrades to fish feed material and compost. For the upgrading maggots are used, which can provide the whole plant with competitive priced feed.

In order to reach all possible benefits from an aquaponic plant, it is important that an integrated well-functioning collaboration exists between all businesses within the area. Therefore, we are looking for operators that want to take advantage of and develop potential collaboration opportunities.

To support and ensure that this collaboration works, residual product companies will be formed under the leadership of Ljusdal Energi. The company will be responsible for purification and recycling in both an environmental and cost-efficient manner, and thereby providing a service function for all operators in the area.

In summary, this means that Ljusdal can provide you with the following to support the development of a cost-effective and sustainable fish farm:

  • 18.5
  • 18.5 ha zoned land, which is flat and easy to prepare.
  • Low land costs combined with low costs to make it workable.
  • If demanded, there are large areas for expansion possibilities directly connected to the already planned area of about 220 ha.
  • A fish farm needs relatively small building space, but the large availability of land makes it easy to establish operations for processing fish production and waste.
  • Coordination of waste management and recycling provides cost savings for the fish farm.
  • Chosen overall system design and possible cooperation generates great flexibility with regard to the recycling systems, which ensure that a cost-effective and circular production can be achieved, even at variations in production volume.
  • A well-organised collection of organic waste in the area will be used to produce a very competitive feed material.
  • Low electricity costs.
  • Low heating costs when the low temperature technology is combined with collaborative energy solutions in the area and a supply of forest residuals and other biofuels.
  • Low labour costs.
  • Good supply of skilled labour.
  • Good access to housing.
  • Enhanced opportunities for investment and development support since Ljusdal is within a regional assisted area.
  • Good transport through the area’s location. Direct connection to Highway 84 and the Northern Main Line, which passes through Ljusdal’s railway station.
Investors

We are looking for companies that want to support and develop a circular and sustainable food production of tomorrow that will have a high potential for good profitability.

There are opportunities to invest in properties, plants and established companies for farming / food production.

Preliminary calculations show that the circular approach and the reuse of waste products provide significant cost reductions for food production.

The localisataion

  • The cost of land in Ljusdal is moderate compared to other places in Sweden.
  • Establishing companies in this region also provides opportunities for investment grants and support that reduces investment costs.
  • Energy costs for heating will be low because of well-organised heat recovery and availability to a large amount of forest waste and other biofuels.
  • Electricity costs for lighted greenhouses can be kept low thanks to the use of LED lighting and favourable electricity prices in this part of Sweden.
Product Buyers

We are looking for market operators who are interested in purchasing sustainable food products grown in a circular food production system.

You now have the opportunity to be part of the development of a range of sustainable food suitable for your business. In Ljusdal, we want to produce various types of fish, vegetables and spices. This is an opportunity to start a dialogue with growers to discuss and specify the varieties and quantities that you might prefer and need.

The new production, processing, packaging, and distribution facilities can be developed in close collaboration with you and according to your desire.

With production in Ljusdal the environmental impact will be reduced, transporting will be shorter and Swedish job opportunities will increase. The products will of course also be produced to an interesting  market price.

Greenhouse Farmers

We are looking for those that want to be a part of and support the development of a circular and sustainable food production as a producer of vegetables and / or spices.

By utilising the latest technology for energy efficiency and integrated system solutions, we believe it is possible to achieve a sustainable and environmentally friendly food production that also has very good economic viability. Therefore, we are looking for those who want to work with the newest technologies and also be a part of further development.

In addition to working with achieving an effective greenhouse cultivation system, we also encourage you to participate in the development of a collaborative aquaponic facility, where greenhouses have an interesting role in the purification of nutrient-rich water and for providing plant waste that can be upgraded within the area.

In order to achieve a cost-effective sustainable production, we prefer that the production be mainly practiced year round, which in this case can also provide the desired synergy benefits with other businesses within the planned industrial area. There is plenty of available land suitable for greenhouse production and we would like to see the establishment of one or more farms cultivating tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, flowers, for example, according to your desire.

In Ljusdal, we can offer support for a move towards a cost-effective and sustainable greenhouse cultivation, including:

  • 18.5
  • 18.5 ha zoned land that is flat and easy to prepare.
  • Low land costs combined with low costs to make it workable.
  • Large areas for expansion possibilities in direct connection to the already planned area of about 220 ha.
  • The area is located adjacent to a forest where the trees can provide a sheltered position.
  • Long distances to neighbours, minimising problems with noise and light pollution from greenhouse production.
  • Low electricity costs.
  • Low heating costs when the low temperature technology is combined with collaborative energy solutions in the area and a supply of forest residuals and other biofuels.
  • Low labour costs.
  • Good supply of skilled labour.
  • Good access to housing.
  • Enhanced opportunities for investment and development support since Ljusdal is within a regional assisted area.
  • Good transport through the area’s location. Direct connection to Highway 84 and to the Northern Main  Line, which passes through Ljusdal’s railway station.
  • A long established tradition of collaboration between private and public activities.