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“Ecological power” to be attraction for hikers


Hydroelectricity gets a unique ecological makeover
Norway generates more than 80% of its electricity from hydropower. Now it has added to its renewable repertoire a 30GWh plant designed in wood situated deep in the mountains of Helgeland, a “hiker’s paradise” just below the Arctic Circle.
The region is known for its unique coastline and spectacular mountain formations, and the architects wanted the design to be inspired by and reflect the landscape, while also functioning as an attraction for hikers enjoying the region.
The Øvre Forsland power station has been designed “to tell the story of its location and educate about power production by allowing visitors to experience the production of hydraulic electricity at various points throughout the process”.
From a nearby bridge, the powerful flow of water that drives the turbines can be seen emerging from the station, and the inner workings of the plant are exposed through an opening that reveals the light design of the interior “inspired by the mystery of the Northern Lights”.
Øvre Forsland is located on a river bank, in a clearing at the edge of a spruce forest. The design of the plant uses Kebony, a Norwegian wood, produced using sustainably sourced softwood species that are impregnated with a non-chemical bio-based product and heated under pressure, resulting in a highly durable and maintenance-free product. In this way, “Kebony diverts demand away from our endangered tropical forests”.
TTG Nordic


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