Where history meets future

Think about how many gadget you have which needs electricity. You wouldn’t read this text without electricity. The world’s hunger for electricity is steadily increasing.

In Porjus, climate-friendly hydropower is produced. 1914 saw the first generator in operation. Today the power station can produce 1260 GWh per year which places Porjus in third place of all Vattenfalls power stations in Sweden.

And it is worth looking into history : 1910 saw the beginning of the Porjus project. A truly gigantic project. One of the worlds biggest power stations would be built and to start with a railroad track had to be built – with transportation of all needed materials being carried 50 km by man power! The picture above shows a train in the first days of the new track.

The old control centre for the hydropower plant was extremely modern and pretty luxury, as the pictures show:

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Porjus has a lot of interesting sites beside the power station. One of them is the Lancaster airplane, calles ”East Elsie”.  This airplan particiapted in an attack outside Tromsö in Norway against the German battleship Tirpitz. The aircraft was damaged and the crew managed to land on a marsh outside Porjus. The remains still can be seen.

Another is a ”God’s hand” of Carl Milles, one of Sweden’s most famous sculptors. He wanted to pay tribute to the landscape, the railway worker’s and the mountains with the sculpture of God’s hand. Carl Milles worked on The Hand of God from 1949 to 1953. The original was made for the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, and today it can also be seen in other places around the world, for instance in Tokyo, Melbourne and Beijing.

If you want to read more about what Porjus has to offer for visitors, check http://www.porjus.se/

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