A pioneer who turned passion into business – an interview with Nilsson Energy


With a passion for providing the market with plug and play, tailor made renewable energy solutions, retired Swedish engineer Hans-Olof Nilsson founded Nilsson Energy to be a one stop shop and provider of complete commercial off-grid energy solutions.

It all started with Nilsson 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 2014. Now used as the company’s demo site, the house, powered by the sun, has so far hosted 2,400 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.

Nilsson, a retired engineer from the refrigeration industry, is a pioneer who turned his passion into a business. “Being a pioneer is all about sticking your neck out, taking calculated risks and acting accordingly. Making the impossible, possible,” he said. With the introduction of Nilsson Energy, his passion has developed into supplying commercial customers with renewable energy solutions. Hence the name of the product range Renewable Energy 8760 or RE8760 for short.

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