Almost everything that we do requires energy. It is wired into our homes, gives us light, charges our mobile phones, washes our clothes, heats our food – the list is endless. Yet rarely do we know or consider where our energy comes from. Technological advancements have not only expanded the number of ways we get our power, but the efficiency with which we do so, and some of those methods are shown in this part of the exhibition.
From above, we can see where our power is generated, and the massive spaces that are required to store the natural resources we have extracted to fuel our power plants. One cannot help but notice how much more integrated ‘clean’ energy sources are with their surrounding landscape (for example, wind and solar). And while aesthetics are only a part of the story, there is no denying that we often find beauty in our clean energy sources and disapprove of those that are ‘dirty’ (for example, oil and coal), even before we know the full context of what we are seeing. While modern energy has enabled widespread economic and societal development, it is also one of our greatest environmental concerns.
Karlskrona changes for a greener, more beautiful future. This applies to everything from energy to heat production. We are already good at solar power and heat - and the future offers even more solutions.
Locally produced energy
More than 50 percent of energy deliveries in Karlskrona come from biofuel-powered plants. The flagship is the Karlskrona CHP (combined heat and power), which provides both locally produced electricity and heat, fueled by residual products from the forestry industry in the region. The CHP plant also stores energy in the form of heat that can provide extra supplementation and shift to electricity production when needed. At the same time, investments are being made in smart services within energy optimization as well as expansion of infrastructure for charging electric vehicles.
A local investment is the jointly owned Karlskrona Solar Park, which after two finished stages delivers electricity corresponding to annual use in 240 villas. When all ten stages of the park are completed, it will become one of Sweden's largest of its kind with a capacity of 6 MW. In Karlskrona, there are also many citizens who generate renewable energy via solar cells in their homes.