Sara Cultural Centre, Skellefteå

A dynamic meeting place for culture, entertainment and conferences

A new collaboration between Skellefteå Kraft and ABB will show how the future cultural centre in Skellefteå, Sweden can become a permanent proof of technical solutions that are good both economically and for the environment.

In the middle of central Skellefteå, located just below the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, a new cultural centre is being built, which will contain the latest ABB energy saving solutions.

The new cultural centre, named Sara Cultural Centre, will be completed in the summer of 2021. With its 20 floors, 205 hotel rooms and several auditoriums, it is expected to become the world's tallest wooden building and northern Sweden's new landmark, a dynamic meeting place for culture, entertainment and conferences.

One of the goals is to create an environmentally friendly, sustainable and energy efficient building. Skellefteå Kraft, one of Sweden's largest energy producers, is one of the partners in the project and they initiated a collaboration with ABB, a technology leader in energy efficient and sustainable solutions for smart living.

“Together, Skellefteå Kraft and ABB want to make commercial buildings and factory buildings smart. We start by implementing our solutions in Skellefteå Culture Centre to show how smart we can build properties from an energy saving point of view and also to learn how to make smart buildings standard in Sweden,” says Mats Peterson, Local Marketing and Sales Manager ABB Electrification business in Sweden.

ABB will ensure that new electrification technology is built into the centre and that the ABB AbilityTM Electrical Distribution Control System is used to visualize the energy flow in the building. The purpose is to identify how much energy the building uses and what the energy is used for (e.g. heating, ventilation and lightning) but also identify where energy comes from (e.g. district heating, distribution grid, battery or solar panel). ABB's application for optimizing energy flows, Optimax, will show how the cost of purchased energy for a building can be minimized. Optimax will also be able to use the building to lower power peaks in both the district heating network and in the distribution network and thus contribute to sustainable and smart solutions for the entire city.