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Innovation and creativity

Vattenfall has always sought new knowledge and inspiration. Sometimes through collaborations. Several bold decisions helped make Sweden a world leader in high voltage and tunnel construction. At other times, problems has been tackled with an unexpected and groundbreaking solution. Like the Vattenfall seat belt.

Articles

During the 1950s, Sweden was the world leader in high-voltage engineering, thanks to the unique cooperation between Vattenfall and Asea. Together, a large government purchaser and a private company created major export success for Sweden.

During the 1950s Vattenfall broke a number of records for power station construction in Harsprånget and Stornorrfors. This was achieved thanks to skilled professionalism and 'the Swedish method', technology developed by Swedish companies Atlas Diesel and Sandvik in cooperation with Vattenfall.

When the Suorva dam was to be constructed in the early 1920s, Vattenfall faced a delicate problem. For three years, a team of 400 men would have to live and work in the roadless Lapland wilderness. The solution became Sweden's first scheduled flight route.

The development of the seat belt in Sweden was not a result of the Swedish car industry's ingenuity. It was actually a result of Vattenfall's work to prevent accidents at its workplaces.

In order to develop the company, Vattenfall employees have always travelled out into the world to learn and be inspired by others. Surprisingly often, they travelled west to the United States. Ahead of many crucial steps in Vattenfall's development, the company has learned from its large neighbour to the west.

Necessity is the mother of invention. Vattenfall has explored and experimented with many alternative energy solutions. Both how to save energy and how to make use of new energy sources.

During the IT boom in the late 1990s, development ideas at both established companies and start-ups sprouted up. Even at Vattenfall, which launched the 'smart home'. But like so many other internet-related innovations of the time, it all ended up more or less as a fiasco.

Images

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The Malmbanan railway
The Malmbanan railway

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Porjus and the Malmbanan railway
Porjus and the Malmbanan railway

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Goods train locomotive
Goods train locomotive

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News paper article about the inauguration of the electrification of the main western line and the Lilla Edet power plant
News paper article about the inauguration of the electrification of the main western line and the Lilla Edet power plant

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Program from the inauguration of electricity from Porjus power plant to the railway
Program from the inauguration of electricity from Porjus power plant to the railway

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Vattenfall's Director General and Asea's CEO in the CEO's lodge in 1940
Vattenfall's Director General and Asea's CEO in the CEO's lodge in 1940

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Stornorrfors power plant
Stornorrfors power plant

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Sleigh ride to Suorva
Sleigh ride to Suorva

Videos

Bergtagen (in Swedish)
Bergtagen
Det hände 1957 (in Swedish)
Det hände 1957
Uppdrag 2000
Uppdrag 2000
Koldioxidfria kraftverket (in Swedish)
Det koldioxidfria kraftverket
Gotland och elkraften (in Swedish)
Gotland och elkraften
Suorva - Dammbygget i vildmarken
Suorva - Dammbygget i vildmarken
Värmepump för kung och fosterland
Värmepump för kung och fosterland

Documents

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Title: 
HVDC The Gotland Cable, an Engineered Power Jewel in the Baltic Sea. By Stig Göthe

vattenfalls_del_i_gotlands_elutveckling_med_fokus_pa_hvdc._av_stig_gothe.pdf

Title: 
Vattenfall’s share of the development of electricity supply to Gotland, focusing on HVDC. By Stig Göthe
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