North Sweden Cleantech

Skellefteå Airport – a green airport

At a time when the global aviation sector is facing increasing demands to get on a sustainable flightpath, one airport in northern Sweden has gotten a head start with an extensive vision that has led them to become one of Europe’s and probably the world’s first fossil-free airport. At the same time the airport is now preparing to become a testcenter for electric powered and vertical-starting aircrafts.

A fossil free airport
Over the last couple of years, Skellefteå Airport has been dedicated to developing new and innovative ways to expedite the green transition. With the brave vision to become a fossil free airport Skellefteå Airport started working within three main focus areas.

* Fossil-free heating with biofuel
* Fossil-free electricity consumption through certified green electricity
* Fossil-free fuels for vehicles through electricity and the biofuel HVO-100

By applying a holistic strategy the airport was able to reach the goal of zero emissions of fossil carbon dioxide. In 2020, the airport reported a zero-emission of fossilized CO2 for the first time ever, which was confirmed by measuring according to the Airport Carbon and Emissions Reporting Tool (ACERT). Today, Skellefteå Airport utilizes fossil-free heating, energy and fuel and are now presenting more initiatives for faster environmental transition.

Test route for eVTOL
The next step in Skellefteå Airports plan for the green transformation of the transport sector will be to develop a test route for electrically powered and vertical-starting aircraft, so-called eVTOL together with, among others, Skellefteå Kraft, Northvolt, EIT InnoEnergy and Skellefteå Science City. The airport also participates in the FAIR project and the Green Airport project.
The project has been approved by the Swedish Energy Agency’s call “Fossil-free flight 2045” and was made possible by Skellefteå Airport’s proactive work with, among other things, the installation of Sweden’s most powerful electricity supply for electrified aviation in 2021.
The infrastructure and supply station will serve both electrically powered conventional takeoff and landing and vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircrafts which provides opportunities to quickly get vehicles into the air, both for test and development and for commercial traffic.

Green Flight Academy
The proactive work at Skellefteå Airport with both CO2 reduction and the installation of electricity supply for electric aviation has also resulted in the establishment of an international new flight academy at the Airport. Green Flight Academy will examine up to 100 air traffic pilots yearly using an air fleet made out of a combination of the most environmental aircraft, with electric airplanes from Pipistrell and a new Piper Archer DXT with biofuel. The aim is to create the world’s most sustainable flight academy.

Come visit Skellefteå Airport and experience a greener take off!


Similar Best Practices

Energy Evolution Center

Energy Evolution Center

The Energy Evolution Center will be an arena for innovative solutions that lead to real energy conversion, increased competitiveness in companies and ensure long-term supply of skills.

Last mile delivery – city distribution

Last mile delivery – city distribution

Last mile delivery is the final stage in a good’s journey, where it is delivered to the end customer – the most carbon intensive stage. The growth of e-commerce is leading to increased traffic congestion and CO2-emissions from delivery vehicles. Carbon-neutral alternatives for last mile deliveries are currently being explored and some of the concepts being trialed in Gothenburg.

Electromobility

Electromobility

Fossil-based transportation creates noise and air pollution and is a major contributor to a city’s CO2-emissions. By enabling all forms of transport to run on electricity, electromobility has the potential to make cities greener, cleaner, and more livable.

The Intelligent District Heating System

The Intelligent District Heating System

In Karlshamn a rewarding collaboration has been going on for many years between several actors who together have created a sustainable and intelligent district heating system. The system, which is controlled using the latest technology in AI, is constantly evolving to help create a future sustainable energy system.

It´s innovation through collaboration!

Build for the future – Villazero

Build for the future – Villazero

Villazero is a development project run by Fiskarhedenvillan, Mondo Arkitekter and Structor Byggteknik Dalarna together with support from Region Dalarna. The purpose of the project is to build a carbon-neutral detached house in Borlänge. A unique opportunity for us involved to learn how to build together for a more sustainable future.

Tvärpilen – a small residential area, big on sustainability

Tvärpilen – a small residential area, big on sustainability

In the small village, Kivik, in the southeast of Sweden, you find the new residential area, Tvärpilen, where the Beautiful, the Sustainable and the Responsible come together in perfect combination.

Fossil-free steel demonstration plant in Vitåfors (Gällivare)  – direct reduction of iron ore pellets with hydrogen

Fossil-free steel demonstration plant in Vitåfors (Gällivare) – direct reduction of iron ore pellets with hydrogen

HYBRIT’s demonstration plant in Vitåfors will demonstrate the value chain for fossil-free steel on an industrial scale. It includes production of hydrogen and of sponge iron by direct reduction with hydrogen. The plant is planned to be ready in 2026.

Fossil-free steel pilot plant in Luleå – direct reduction of iron ore pellets with hydrogen

Fossil-free steel pilot plant in Luleå – direct reduction of iron ore pellets with hydrogen

HYBRIT is conducting trials on direct reduction of iron ore pellets, using hydrogen produced by fossil-free electricity. HYBRIT is also building a pilot hydrogen storage to test the best way to store hydrogen underground.

Haraholmen – a green industrial park where sustainability is key

Haraholmen – a green industrial park where sustainability is key

Haraholmen is an industrial park where sustainability is key. The site uses renewable energy, welcomes companies with green profiles, and is a hub for resource-efficient transportation with access to roads, railways, and a deep-water port.

Markbygden 1101 – Europe’s largest onshore wind farm

Markbygden 1101 – Europe’s largest onshore wind farm

Markbygden 1101 is the largest onshore wind power project in Europe. Once completed, it will consist of up to 1101 wind turbines that together will produce up to 12 TWh per year. This is comparable with around 8% of Sweden’s electricity production.

Site East –  a climate neutral construction site

Site East – a climate neutral construction site

At Skellefteå Site East, close to Northvolt’s factory, conditions are created to create the most sustainable development project ever. By maximizing the cutting edge know-how of both Skellefteå municipality and external partners, Skellefteå Site East is a source of inspiration for the industry. Both in terms of the courage to dare to think and act in new ways around sustainability, and in working together with contractors towards a common vision.

Skellefteå Airport – a green airport

Skellefteå Airport – a green airport

At a time when the global aviation sector is facing increasing demands to get on a sustainable flightpath, one airport in northern Sweden has gotten a head start with an extensive vision that has led them to become one of Europe’s and probably the world’s first fossil-free airport. At the same time the airport is now preparing to become a testcenter for electric powered and vertical-starting aircrafts.

My Visit Plan Favorite star