Markbygden 1101 is the largest onshore wind power project in Europe. Once completed, it will consist of up to 1,101 wind turbines, producing up to 12 TWh per year. That’s around 8% of Sweden’s total electricity generation. Markbygden 1101 is one of the largest wind power projects in the world. Located outside Piteå in northern Sweden, the windfarm extends over 450 square kilometres, connected by a 700km road network. Once completed, it will consist of up to 1,101 wind turbines. The project is divided into three main phases, with several sub-projects working simultaneously on assembling the wind turbines. The electricity that the wind turbines produce is fed to nearby 400kV cables and distributed to consumers through Sweden’s national grid.
<h2>Optimal location for maximum effect</h2>
The windfarm is located on a plateau between two river valleys, allowing for the maximum utilisation of the natural phenomenon of the wind accelerating over hills. This acceleration effect is strongest in winter, which makes northern Sweden an excellent location for onshore wind turbines. The subarctic climate ensures sufficient electricity production during the colder months, when electricity consumption peaks.
<h2>Sustainable energy for future generations</h2>
Wind power has many advantages. It’s constantly renewable, sustainable, and a long-term source of energy provided by nature. The operation of wind turbines does not produce any emissions or require any transportation of fuel. Unlike virtually all other forms of energy production, wind power does not leave any environmental debt for future generations to repay.
Each kWh produced by wind turbines can replace electricity generated by fossil fuels. Once complete, Markbygden 1101 is expected to generate between 8 and 12 TWh per year. Compared with coal-fired electricity generation, Markbygden 1101 is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 8 million tonnes per year.
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