SWIC, Sjöstadsverket Water Innovation Centre

Lack of clean water is a growing problem around the world. At SWIC, the Sjöstadsverket Water Innovation Centre, we develop technologies for the reuse of treated wastewater. With our research and solutions, we can enable more people to have access to cleaner water.

Research and development for cleaner water – a world-class testing facility

SWIC, Sjöstadsverket Water Innovation Centre, is one of the world's leading R&D facilities in water treatment technology. The facility, formerly called Hammarby Sjöstadsverk, is operated by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and KTH. SWIC is used for national and international research projects as wll as being a testing and pilot facility for industry and other parties.

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Global needs in urban environments

Today more than half of all people live in an urban context. Many countries have limited access to clean water, a problem made worse by the acceleration of climate change. As such the water problems of cities need to be solved in a more progressive way. Water treatment solutions should be made more efficient in order to address solve several problems at once, such as in waste water treatment plants can produce energy while the water can be reused and the nutrients can be returned to the cycle.

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Professional staff on site

At SWIC, water recycling experts work year-round on technology development, sampling and analyses. The structure of the facility is very well suited for testing new technologies and innovative solutions in water treatment and environmental engineering. The facility is designed in such way that enables flexible control and interaction with different water treatment and sludge handling processes.

Sjöstadsverket Water Innovation Centre's new location

As of July 2023, SWIC's research and development work has been based at Loudden in Stockholm. In 2022 we left the former premises of Stockholm's Henriksdal Waste Water treatment plant, where we were operating from since 2008.

Take a digital tour

In this digital tour, you can see the inside of our former test facility, Hammarby Sjöstadsverk, and meet some of the people who worked there. This film was made as part of the government-funded export platform Smart City Sweden, which showcases sustainable Swedish solutions. You can also see the film here External link, opens in new window..