Nature Power for Local Energy System with Solar Panels
The project Nature Power - Feel good in meeting places out in nature - aims to develop a smart and modular energy system based on solar energy. The system will enable sports clubs and municipalities to have good lighting at their facilities while saving energy and earning income from surplus energy.
Sweden has about 1,700 illuminated jogging tracks. Most of these were built in the 1960s and 1970s with energy-consuming and environmentally harmful mercury lamps. These lamps are to be phased out according to EU directives, and spare parts are not available. Many associations and municipalities face major upgrades with environmental and electrical safety requirements. Addressing this requires significant investments. Moreover, in our modern society, we are spending increasingly more time indoors and at the office, posing threats to health and well-being.
By combining solar energy, demand-controlled energy-efficient lighting, and network storage, it could be possible to achieve environmentally friendly energy supply and a secure and pleasant outdoor environment cost-effectively. Simultaneously, energy can be saved, and revenue generated from surplus energy produced during the bright part of the year. This provides sports clubs and municipalities with opportunities for long-term activities and development.
What will the project lead to?
The aim is to develop a modular, safe, smart, and local energy system that enables sports clubs and municipalities to have good lighting at their facilities while saving energy and earning income from surplus energy produced during the bright part of the year.
The goal is to increase awareness among project participants and the general public about efficient energy usage and create added value by disseminating knowledge and providing suggestions to society for future sports facilities.
How is the project implemented?
The project consists of five different work packages:
- WP 1 – Project start and planning.
- WP 2 – Installation. Procurement of materials, groundwork, installation of solar panels, poles, and lighting fixtures.
- WP 3 – System commissioning and testing.
- WP 4 – Behavioral studies.
- WP 5 – Reporting of results and creation of informational materials.
- Project period: August 1, 2018, to June 30, 2024.
- Funding: Swedish Energy Agency (main funder), as well as Glava Energy Center, SC Burman AB, TCG Konsult AB, Hillringsbergs IF, Glava Gymnastikförening, Glava Grävtjänst AB, Renewable Sun Energy Sweden AB, Delabglava AB, Fortum Sverige AB.
- Total budget: 3,800,000 SEK
- Project coordinator: Glava Energy Center
- Contact person at Glava Energy Center: Isac Myrén Andersson, see Contact.
- Karlstad University
- Arvika Municipality
- TCG Konsult AB
- PingWise AB
- Hillringsbergs IF
- Renewable Sun Energy Sweden AB
- Delabglava AB
- Glava Grävtjänst AB
- LRF Stavnäs-Glava
- Glava GF – Gymnastics
- Glava Bygdekontor
- Fortum Sverige AB
- Arvika Municipality School
- Arvika Municipality Learning and Support.