May 16 – Mario G.

Author Information:

My name is Mario G. from Powell, Wyoming. My major is Chemical Engineering. I am a first generation college student. I am planning to graduate in Spring 2015. I have studied abroad in Mexico 3 times. This will be my first time outside the western hemisphere.

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Skellefteå Background:

On this date, May 16th, we will be traveled to Skellefteå. The Skellefteå is located about 130 kilometers south of Luleå. The location we will be touring is the Skellefteå Kraft plant. Skellefteå Kraft is a wholly­owned municipal joint­stock company and one of the largest energy companies in Sweden. Skellafteå Kraft founded its first power station in Finnfors by the river Skellefteå in 1908.

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Currently, Skellefteå Kraft owns more than 20 power stations along the rivers Skellefteälven, Umeälven, Indalsälven and a few smaller streams. Skellefteå Kraft has extensive production, distribution and sales of district heating and cooling. District heating is mainly produced using biofuels at the heating power stations. Skellefteå Kraft also works with wood pellets. Next to the heating power station at Hedensbyn in Skellefteå there is a production plant for wood pellets. Raw material is mainly collected from saw mills within the region and consists principally of sawdust. Skellefteå Kraft pellets are generally sold to home owners, heating plants, and other district heating networks.

Blogging Information:
On May 16th, we began our terrific day at Luleå Technological University (LTU). Marcus Öhman delivered a presentation titled “Introduction to Combustion”. Marcus’s presentation informed the group of about the combustion process. The combustion process basically requires fuels, air, and perhaps additives, resulting in gases, condensed ash, and other residues. We learned about the “3 T’s” of combustion: Time, Temperature, and Turbulance. The group also learned about the approaches to describe fuel combustion and elemental analysis. Energy content and properties of fuels were also presented to the group. The group learned about ash composition and properties. Most importantly, the group learned about common problems that occur in combustion chambers. Common problems include ash melting, serious corrosion, and other environmental/health problems. The presentation finished by informing the group of the challenges involved in combustion equipment design and a brief overview of pollution issues.

Marcus Öhman Lecturing the group at LTU

Marcus Öhman Lecturing the group at LTU

The second part of our day consisted of traveling to Skellefteå to visit the Skellefteå Kraft Plant. Jan Burvall, a major leader within Skellefteå Kraft, presented to the group. The presentation was a basic overview of Skellefteå Kraft. We learned about the energy composition of the company as well as initiatives being taken by Skellefteå Kraft to reduce carbon footprint.

Jan Burvall's Presentation on Skellafteå Kraft

Jan Burvall’s Presentation on Skellafteå Kraft

Skellefteå Kraft is a wholly¬owned municipal joint¬stock company and one of the largest energy companies in Sweden, top 5. Skellafteå Kraft founded its first power station in Finnfors by the river Skellefteå in 1908.

Saw Dust Pile

Saw Dust Pile at Skelleftea Kraft

Group Picture next to Saw Dust Pile

Group Picture next to Saw Dust Pile

Skellefteå Kraft owns more than 20 power stations along the rivers Skellefteälven, Umeälven, Indalsälven and a few smaller streams. Skellefteå Kraft has extensive production, distribution and sales of district heating and cooling. District heating is mainly produced using biofuels at the heating power stations. Skellefteå Kraft also works with wood pellets. Next to the heating power station at Hedensbyn in Skellefteå there is a production plant for wood pellets. Raw material is mainly collected from saw mills within the region and consists principally of sawdust. Skellefteå Kraft pellets are generally sold to home owners, heating plants, and other district heating networks.

Skellafteå Kraft Tour Landscape

Skellafteå Kraft Tour Landscape

After our presentation, the group had a brief cup of coffee, and then was given a tour of the Skellefteå Kraft facilities. The tour finalized by the exploration of the storage areas for the sawdust and other woody material.

Brandon Handy having fun with Dr. Reese at Skellafteå Kraft

Brandon Handy having fun with Dr. Reese at Skellafteå Kraft

Group Picture inside a plow

Group Picture inside a plow

 

Resources:

  1. Summary in English – Skellefteå Kraft AB – Skellefteå Kraft. (n.d.). Summary in English – Skellefteå Kraft AB – Skellefteå Kraft. Retrieved May 12, 2014, from http://www.skekraft.se/default.aspx?di=3624
  2. Skelleftea Attractions: What to do & Places to Visit in Skelleftea. (n.d.). Things to do in Skelleftea: Check out 6 Skelleftea Attractions. Retrieved May 12, 2014, from http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g227950-Activities-Skelleftea_Vasterbotten_County.html
  3. Image Retrived from < http://www.skekraft.se/default.aspx?di=3624> and < http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skellefte%C3%A5_museum>
  4. Öhman, M. (2014, May 16). Introduction to Combustion.
  5. Burvall, J. (2014, 05 16). Skellefteå Kraft.

 

          Interesting Pictures from the Trip

Cabin outside the Sami Museum in Jokkmokk

Cabin outside the Sami Museum in Jokkmokk

Group Picture outside Sunpine Location

Group Picture outside Sunpine Location

Guy Picture at Neuschwanstein Castle

Guy Picture at Neuschwanstein Castle

Spartan Flag at the Swedish Beach

Spartan Flag at the Swedish Beach

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Brandon and Mario at the ROPA location

Brandon and Mario at the ROPA location

Mario found a friend in Freiburg Germany

Mario found a friend in Freiburg Germany

Wind Turbine in Germany

Wind Turbine in Germany

Mario at the Smurfit Kappa Tour

Mario at the Smurfit Kappa Tour

Freiburg Scenery

Freiburg Scenery

Guy Picture at the Arctic Circle forest in Sweden

Guy Picture at the Arctic Circle forest in Sweden

Doctor Reese enjoying a "Mario" refreshment

Doctor Reese enjoying a “Mario” refreshment

Shaggin Wagon from Sweden

Shaggin Wagon from Sweden

Representing Sweden and Germany

Representing Sweden and Germany

 

One response to “May 16 – Mario G.

  1. Do you believe that policy in Sweden is the cause for Skelleftea Kraft’s diversification of energy sources and the way they utilize their stored potential energy. If so do you believe that a policy change in the U.S could lead towards energy companies investing in more sustainable energies?

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