After two successful rounds AXSOL GmbH also wins the third round of the “Pop Up City” contest, which is organized by IDEaS (Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security) of the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND Canada). In cooperation with partner Pop Up City Inc. (member of the Continest Group), AXSOL has won for the energy sector against strong international competitors and is now competing in the fourth and final round with a total budget of Can$ 4.5 million of the competition. 

“Pop Up City” is a multi-stage competition to develop reliable, energy-efficient, integrated and scalable management systems for energy, water and waste for Relocatable Temporary Camps (RTCs). The central task of the competition is to design and build a prototype temporary camp for the Canadian Forces that sustainably reduces the footprint of relocatable infrastructure. Specifically, solutions will be developed for RTCs for 150 to 1,500 people that can operate in all climates. The solutions should be able to operate in both cold and hot temperature conditions, be easily transportable, and allow responders to respond quickly in remote areas. 

The following outcomes should be achieved: 

  1. develop solutions that significantly reduce the fuel, water, and waste output of an RTC while maintaining specified performance capabilities.
  2. reduce current fuel requirements (-33%), water inputs (-33%), and waste outputs (-33%).

Participants were evaluated on degree of innovation, scientific quality, management, scientific capabilities, and collaboration and benefits to the Canadian Forces. 

As a partner of Pop Up City Inc, AXSOL is integrated into the Circular City consortium, led by Innocorps Research Corporation. For Circular City, AXSOL has combined its core technologies with other companies to create a cohesive, sustainable and self-sustaining ecosystem. The integrated solution of the “Circular City” consortium unites management systems for energy, shelter, water, waste at the highest technical level. 

AXSOL’s solution includes the development of energy supply through primary energy sources to secure the supply, state-of-the-art battery storage with up to 15 MWh capacity and additional renewable energy sources to reduce fuel consumption. Enormous potential savings are realized via the conversion of energy supply, including energy recovery from waste incineration. For example, up to 1,275,000 l of diesel per year can be saved for 1,500 people. Accordingly, the conversion to a hybrid energy system in camp infrastructure pays for itself after less than one year in operation. 

Three consortia are still in the running, each representing the five core technologies. In the third round of the competition, the three best integrated solutions will receive funding to build a testable prototype over a twelve-month period. 

The new products and systems will be on display for the first time at Milipol Paris from October 19 – 22, 2021 and Industry Days in Ingolstadt on December 8, 2021. The very first prototype of the “Circular City” will also be built in Manitoba (CAN) from August 21, 2021.

More information about the competition can be found here: