The best part of studying in DU is that you are not only gaining the theoretical knowledge but also exposed to the practical learning through frequent study visits.
A 2-day study visit for Solar Engineering students was organized by Swedish Institute – Network for future global network (SI-NFGL), local network at Dalarna University focussed on renewable energy.
The organizing members of SI-NFGL local network are the current SI scholarship holder students studying in DU.
On 13th Oct, the study tour started with a visit to a 1 MW Scandinavia’s largest Sun tracking solar farm commissioned by Swedish company Kraftpojkarna (The power boys) for Swedish power company known as Mälarenergi.
This 1MW Solparken solar farm is located along a one kilometre stretch of the E18 highway between Västerås and Anyang in Sweden. It consists of 91 solar trackers, each 72 square meters. 36 solar panels are mounted on each tracker. We were fortunate to have Magnus Hellberg (Chairman, Kraftpojkarna) as a guide for this visit.
Then we visited a 225 kWp roof top solar installation done by Stockholms Hamnar (Stockholms Harbour) at Frihamnen in Stockholm. The system consists of 885 solar panels with an estimated annual electricity production of around 200 000 kWh (annual consumption of nine average size houses). We were guided by Ulrika Persson, working as Sustainable engineer in Stockholms Hamnar.
On 14th Oct, we visited concentrated solar power lab at KTH university. We are obliged to professor Björn Laumert for arranging this study visit at KTH and providing us insights on CSP with detailed lab tour.
We were privileged to visit the KTH Formula student team and their pioneering garage. We were briefed by Johan Westlund about the history and the current developments in the electric car made by them.
Finally, the event ended with a leisure trip to Gamla Stan, the Stockholm Old Town, one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centres in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm.
This event was essentially very beneficial for us. It not only helped us in gaining technical course knowledge but also in understanding various social aspects, Swedish laws & regulations, project management and importantly making our network stronger.
We are grateful to SI-NFGL local network at Dalarna University for organizing this event.