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”We are considering the possibility of a local self-sufficient energy system”

Hello there, Elin Elmehag, you are a Project Manager working with solar energy systems at ÅF. You have recently won a procurement contract about solar cells at some of the National Property Board of Sweden’s properties, please could you tell us about that?

-          Of course! Earlier in the Spring we won a procurement contract for carrying out an inventory on behalf of the National Property Board of Sweden. The background being that the National Property Board has been tasked by the Swedish government to increase the use of solar cells among some of their properties which are unable to carry their own financial costs in the long term. Therefore, it has been decided that these should receive a grant from the government. We will examine about 100 different properties, among them Karlsten Fortress on the island of Marstrand, Varberg Fortress and Drottningholm Palace.

What other types of properties does the project involve?

-          Some of the properties are on islands, among them Sweden’s south easternmost group of islands, Utklippan, close to Karlskrona. Today there is a lighthouse, a café and an ornithological society with a small house, all of which are dependent on electric power supply. It is likely that the electric cable connecting the islands to the mainland won’t work for more than a few years from now, since it’s about 70 years old, so we are considering the possibility of a local self-sufficient energy system. The same challenge is also facing a number of islands on the West Coast, among them Pater Nosterskären, Väderöarna and Nidingen, where we are also carrying out an inventory.

What’s the best part of a project like this one?

-          These are extremely fascinating properties to work with, seeing as their cultural and historical value is so significant. It brings many challenges that we don’t usually face, for example higher aesthetical requirements. It is a lot of fun to take on that challenge!

You can read more about the project here