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Local Innovation System in Northern Finland–Case Renewable Energy Solutions Pilots in Oulu

Aki Aapaoja, Pekka Leviäkangas



To respond to the dynamics of urban
surroundings, enhancing innovativeness in the urban environment has become
increasingly important. The major challenge with innovations in urban
environment is that many of them do not diffuse easily. The paper identifies the
challenges related to urban innovation processes and their scaling-up, using
the renewable energy solution pilot project as an example case. This is done by
discussing the position and maturity of Renewable Energy Solutions in City
Areas (RESCA) in an innovation typology context, and by assessing performed
actions aimed at boosting the innovativeness in the case project. Results
emphasized the essential role of the local building administration as a
proactive stakeholder who started open-mindedly to address old-fashioned,
inefficient and dominant practices of the construction industry. Another
innovation hot-spot was that market actors needed to collaborate, take steps
and present their ideas in order to find, implement and pilot the emerging
solutions and innovations.

Keywords: Innovation; Renewable energy; RESCA; Scalability; Urban innovation

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