A pioneer who turned passion into business: An interview with Nilsson Energy

“Being a pioneer is all about sticking your neck out, taking calculated risks and acting accordingly. Making the impossible, possible,” says retired Swedish engineer Hans-Olof Nilsson (pictured left), a pioneer who has turned his passion into a business.

That passion is to provide the market with plug and play, tailor-made renewable energy solutions, a path forward that Nilsson Energy continues to carve today as a one-stop-shop and provider of complete commercial off-grid energy solutions.

It all started with Nilsson – a retired engineer from the refrigeration industry – investing his own capital into developing his 5,400 sq. ft family home near Gothenburg in Sweden into a state of the art off-grid villa back in 2015. Now used as the company’s demo site, the house, powered by the sun, has so far hosted more than 4300 visitors. Solar energy is stored in batteries and hydrogen (H2) gas, securing long-term storage. By using fuel cell technology to convert hydrogen gas to electricity and heat, the household is completely self-sufficient, even when sunshine is scarce. The house generates 3,000Nm3 of hydrogen from its 23kWp of solar panels.

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