Electricity-intensive industries

With a stable infrastructure, a good supply of renewable energy and huge experience of handling large customers, Skellefteå is an ideal location for electricity-intensive operations. Decades of development in heavy industry have created one of the world’s most stable electricity grids, and with the municipality-owned energy company Skellefteå Kraft, securing a long-term low electricity price is possible. Luleå University of Technology at Campus Skellefteå has courses in IT networks, energy technology and electric power technology.

Skellefteå Kraft, which is Sweden’s fifth-largest electricity company, generates 3.9 TWh per year and owns 48 hydropower plants. Large investments have also been made in wind farms and in bioenergy. Skellefteå is located in price area 1, which means it has the lowest electricity prices in Sweden – in addition, Sweden has some of Europe’s lowest energy taxes on electricity-intensive operations. This means that companies not only benefit from competitive prices but they can use 100% renewable energy. We call this a win-win situation.

NORTHVOLT

Europe’s biggest lithium-ion battery plant is being built in Skellefteå by Northvolt, whose goal is to build the world’s greenest batteries with minimal carbon dioxide emissions. Access to renewable electricity, locally produced metals and efficient, environmentally-friendly recycling of the batteries will make this possible and contribute hugely to Europe’s conversion to renewable energy.

Work was started in the summer of 2018 for the first quarter of the factory, which is expected to be completed in 2020. Then the factory will be expanded each year until it’s finished in 2023. The factory in Skellefteå will be able to manufacture batteries with a total capacity of 32 GWh per year.

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DATA CENTERS

Northern Sweden’s ideal conditions for data storage are widely known – Facebook’s server farm in Luleå is evidence of this. And several other companies have seen our region as a natural location for their servers. The climate in Skellefteå can cool servers just by circulating the cold outdoor air. Skellefteå is also an ideal location from a security point of view. There are few places in the world that can offer as strong a combination of geological, political and infrastructural stability as Skellefteå. The risk of natural disasters is minimal and all proposed sites are well outside flood risk areas. Skellefteå is also a hub for IT and telecommunications with several national and international operators, including Telenor, IP-only, Telia / Scanova, TELE2, TDC, Comhem and Sunet.

NODE POLE

Node Pole is Sweden’s commercial investment and development hub and works proactively for more players to understand the benefits of establishing electricity-intensive operations in Sweden. Node Pole is owned by the power companies Vattenfall and Skellefteå Kraft, and collaborates with more than 60 member companies, municipalities, and Business Sweden. Node Pole works to attract businesses in the data center industry, as well as other growing energy-intensive industries, such as carbon fiber and battery production. Node Pole is renowned for attracting many businesses to Sweden such as Facebook, Amazon Web Services and Northvolt,

Node Pole has a dedicated team with many years of experience to help investors throughout the process of setting up in Skelletfeå. Node Pole’s website has a wealth of data to help compare carbon dioxide emissions between different countries as well as a wide portfolio of Swedish sites ready to be developed.

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Case Stories

Skellefteå companies world champions of sports equipment

Several of the world’s most famous sporting competitions, as well as thousands of public spaces worldwide, use equipment that has been made in Skellefteå. Smart management and astute investment have contributed to the gold medal export success of Nordic Sports, Latitude 64 and Fugu Sports. Nordic Sport is one…

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Skellefteå’s ever-evolving wood industry

The wood industry has been one of Skellefteå’s most important sectors for several hundred years. Due in part, not surprisingly, to its proximity to the raw material, forests, but also because the entire industry has continually developed and, in many cases, spearheaded development. Today, Skellefteå is a development centre…

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Going Dutch in Burträsk

Egbert Venema and Sandra Hilbrands, both 45, did what many dream of doing – they emigrated abroad. Now, though, their family and friends in Holland want them to move back ‘home’. And that perplexes them – they consider that they have found ‘home’ right here in northern Sweden… Burträsk’s new…

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