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Norway’s most innovative
energy and technology park

Lyseparken commercial area is located in Bjørnafjorden municipality, south of Bergen. With the new E39 coastal highway, travel time from Bergen city centre, the railway and Bergen harbour is only 15 minutes, with 12 minutes to Bergen Airport Flesland and less than 60 minutes to Vaksdal, Nordhordland and Stord/Leirvik. In principle, Lyseparken is owned by Bjørnafjorden municipality.

With its central location, Lyseparken has good proximity to higher education institutions (university/university colleges), research and commercial clusters and a labour market with approx. 162,000 employees with both higher education and industrial competencies. When the new E39 highway opens in 2022, the area will have efficient public transport routes both to Bergen and south to Osøyro/Halhjem ferry quay, and to Stord/Haugesund.

Lyseparken is only a five to ten minute drive from well-established residential areas – Søfteland, Osøyro and Fana. The Lysefjorden development with up to 1,000-1,200 new housing units is only walking and cycling distance from Lyseparken. Bjørnafjorden municipality has kindergarten places for all children in the area, and has schools close to its residential areas. Lyseparken is equidistant between Fana/Lagunen commercial park and Osøyro, both providing a full range of public services and shops.

Bjørnafjorden municipality can offer a rich variety of recreational activities for the whole family, with a cultural centre, swimming pool, sports and recreation on the fjord and in the hills. The area is also close to all the services and facilities on offer in the city of Bergen, with the city’s wide range of cultural activities, Slåtthaug skating rink, Brann football stadium and Koengen concert arena.

New businesses in Lyseparken will benefit from proximity to Norway’s second largest city, competency environments within e.g., oil, gas, the maritime sector and the green shift, in combination with a forward-looking commercial area that is paving the way today for the sustainable solutions of the future. A sustainable establishment in Lyseparken could very well provide innovative spin-offs throughout the region of Bergen.

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Distances

Bergen Airport Flesland - 12 min
Bergen city centre - 15 min
Bergen Harbour - 15 min
Railway station - 15 min
University/University colleges)  - 15 min
Haukeland University Hospital - 15 min
Emergency services (fire, ambulance, police) - 6 min
Halhjem ferry quay - 10 min
Osøyro - 6 min
Lagunen commercial park - 6 min
Schools, kindergartens, recreational activities - 5-10 min

Flexible zoning plan - easier establishment

Lyseparken

Lyseparken is a development area covering approx. 175 acres, of which approx. 125 acres have been approved for development as a building area. The buildingarea is divided into a southern zone covering 46 acres, a northern zone covering 64 acres, infrastructure covering approx. 15 acres and an area of natural landscape covering 50 acres. A cohesive network of external and internal roads has already been established with infrastructure to each zone.

When the new E39 highway, a NOK 7.2 billion development, opens in 2022, accessibility to Lyseparken will be excellent. Capacity will be more than sufficient for all transport requirements for a battery factory.

Water from Vindalsvatnet lake or the fjord nearby will provide the required capacity for cooling water. Surplus heat from production can be exploited in the buildings to be developed in the commercial area, and as a source of water-borne energy. This energy can be utilised for the development of new housing and social development in the area of Lysefjorden. Please refer to the concept for energy enclosed with the development plan. The initial and subsequent phases of the development require specification in relation to cooling water and process water. A specifically customised plan and facilitations are required.

Environment: The large white-faced darter has been identified in the area of moorland betweenthe southern and northern zones. Preservation of the large white-faced darter is safeguarded in the zoning regulations. The construction of one main object in Lyseparken, such as a battery factory, will require changes to the zoning regulations.

With a rapid take-over from the municipality – the predominant landowner – the programming/zoning and engineering processes could overlap. This would allow for construction to start in 2022. Building work could then start in 2023.

Factors relating to development

Roads and water/sanitation have already been established up to the borders for each development zone at Lyseparken. In connection with the development of the E39 highway, detailed studies have been carried out of the rock types in the area, with a predominance of solid bedrock identified. The southern development area in Lyseparken has partly been facilitated as a rigging zone for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and the contractors for the new E39 – see drone image. The necessary infrastructure for transport during the construction and building phases will be provided.

Available area

To the east of the area already developed is an area of 185 acres ++ available for expansion. Future use of this area for commercial purposes will require expansion of the building area available in a municipal sector plan for land use. The municipality has secured large parts of this area for further developments. The road network in Lyseparken has been established to allow for a cohesive road infrastructure between the area already developed and future phases of the development. Price of area are to be set after negotiations.

Power supply

Vestland is a dominant region in terms of energy production. Lyseparken currently has access to 20 MW from energy supplier BKK. In addition, the energy plans for Lyseparken include capacity of 20 MW from local energy production from e.g., solar and thermal energy.

According to BKK’s estimates, a battery factory in Lyseparken could apply for a licence for direct powersupply to the factory with a capacity of 100 MW and the potential to expand to a further 200 MW via a new line connected to the existing grid in either Fana, Samnanger or Mauranger. Such a solution would require a projected investment of NOK 0.5-2 billion.

Built for the future – with a unique commitment to climate, environment and sustainability

Unique energy concept

Lyseparken commercial area has been developed with the option for energy sharing underground. The area has plenty of access to solar energy and thermal energy resources such as geothermal wells and exploitation of outdoor air. This can also be expanded with exploitation of the water resources in Vindalsvatnet.

The establishment of a central energy unit, a smart grid and a high and/or low-temperature district heating system will provide for optimal energy flow. Bjørnafjorden municipality has major ambitions to realise Lyseparken as an international demonstration area for the utilisation of new technology, energy optimisation/management and a mix of industries.

The municipality’s main aim during the development of Lyseparken has been to challenge the roles, products and services in future distributed energy systems. The municipality’s ambitions in relation to further developments, specification and realisation of this energy system are described in the concept development, in which existing and new technology are combined and exploited in new ways. In particular, the development of a market and transaction platform for the purchase and sale of energy within the borders of Lyseparken, and business models that promote increased interaction and energy efficiency between the parties involved will help provide valuable knowledge.

Bjørnafjorden municipality aims to collaborate with research environments, major technology developers and power companies to enable utilisation of energy in one enterprise and transfer of surplus energy to other enterprises in the commercial area. Examples of interesting enterprises for such a model are data processing centres, battery factories, food producers and waste management facilities. In this regard, it will be of great interest to discover whether a battery factory could act as the engine for the energy system, similar to e.g., a data processing centre.

Centrally located along the E39 – short way to university, college, research and business clusters

Sustainability and spin-offs

Bjørnafjorden municipality aims to facilitate relevant and forward-looking workplaces. Throughout the development phase, Lyseparken has been planned as a supplement to an improved dynamic/balance of industries in the region of Bergen. One way to achieve this is to provide for an innovative and energy-based cluster. The municipality’s high ambitions have attracted interest and a response from enterprises both in Norway and abroad.

The approved plan for Lyseparken is a municipal investment in energy, climate and sustainability. The investments in energy follow and face more stringent climate, environmental and sustainability requirements in the future. Lyseparken can boast a cohesive infrastructure that exploits local energy resources, an underground smart grid and is an open door for clusters of businesses that have complementary energy requirements. Bjørnafjorden municipality is confident that local energy sharing will promote innovation, the formation of clusters, innovative development and workplaces based on competencies.

Contact us!

CEO Alf Sognefest

Emailt: alf@sognefest.no or phone: +47 916 11 600

Chairman of the Board Dag-Jarle Aksnes

Email: da@7fjellbryggeri.com or phone: +47 917 57 001

Alternatively, the municipality can be contacted:

Email: post@bjornafjorden.kommune.no or phone: +47 56 57 50 00

Documents

Memo from BKK regarding energy