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Project Team

Project duration - 36 months
Budget - 4 484 257 PLN
Partners - 3
Work packages - 5

Project Promoter, co-ordinator

IETUInstitute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU)

Research institute is acting under the Minister of Climate and Environment. The research and services offered by IETU focus on environmental challenges posed by industrialised and urbanised areas in the context of circular economy, resource efficiency, adaptation to climate change and mitigation of its effects. With its expert knowledge and experience IETU supports local and state administration, as well as business entities.
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Project Partners

NIBIONorwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)

NIBIO produces knowledge about sustainable resource management, innovation and value creation in bioeconomies - a holistic approach to the utilization and sustainance of biological resources as well as waste, that emphases circulation and re-use rather than linear exploitation
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logo CommLEDCommLED Solutions, sp. z.o.o. (CommLED)

The CommLED is a company experienced in semi-conductors technology since 2013. The CommLED company is the project oriented entity which main range of activities is associated with manufacturing and selling high quality lighting fixtures, often with special requirements to work in difficult conditions. Within the company structure there is project department which provide clients with high quality visualization of lighting performance and arrangement based on CommLED products photometric data. Currently, new business branches are developed such us: LED lighting for plant growth, Photovoltaics technology and control system within the IoT concept. Up to date the CommLED portfolio consist of investment realization for treasury companies as well as for the international corporations.
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The Project Steering Committee

  • Ewa Małota, Deputy Director for Finance and Administration, IETU
  • Håkon Borch, Head of Department/Head of Research Division of Environment and Natural Resources Urban Greening and Vegetation Ecology, NIBIO
  • Tomasz Rusinowski, CEO, CommLED


The goal of the project is to develop a self-sustainable, intelligent module system for city green infrastructure, the MOD4GRIN.
This module consists of solutions for green roof, green wall and ground level vegetation designed for buildings, covered with stress-resistant native plant species, and equipped with water circulation system and monitoring devices configured based on the Internet of Things (IoT) approach run by solar power.



The MOD4GRIN is designed for (i) mitigation of climate changes effects (ii) restoration of ecosystem functions destroyed during urbanization process by moderation of urban heat island (UHI) effect (moderation of local temperature and humidity), improvement of water retention while preventing excessive surface runoff (iii), improving air condition, and (iv) support of the urban biodiversity and natural capital
The detailed objectives of this project is (i) to examine the preferences of selected plant species from local flora growing in habitats similar to those occurred on the buildings (ii) testing their resistance to common urban stressors: drought, high temperature, nutrient deficiency, (iii) elaboration and testing of soil substrate with parameters similar to the natural calcareous soils (iv) provide the IoT system for green module control and collecting data from the module vicinity.



The project will result in a designed and validated green urban infrastructure module MOD4GRIN.


Norway Grants

The Norway Grants and the EEA Grants represent Norway's contribution towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. Through the Norway Grants and the EEA Grants, Norway contributes to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with beneficiary countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. Norway cooperates closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). Together with the other donors, Norway has provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway and are available in the countries that joined the EU after 2003. For the period 2014-2021, the Norway Grants amount to €1.25 billion. The priorities for this period are:

#1. Innovation, Research, Education, Competitiveness and Decent Work,
#2. Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction,
#3. Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy,
#4. Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights,
#5. Justice and Home Affairs.



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Project "Self-sustainable, smart module for city green infrastructure in climate change adaptation", acronym Mod4GrIn has received funding from the Norway Grants 2014-2021 via the National Centre for Research and Development (grant agreement number NOR/POLNOR/ Mod4GrIn/0013/2019-00)

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