Ett besök på ett klimatsmart destilleri som drivs med värmepellets.

Mellan Gävle och Östersjön finns världens mest klimatsmarta whiskydestilleri. Här framställa Sveriges mest kända whisky, och förutom huvudingredienserna korn, vatten och jäst spelar värmepellets och pelletspanna som står strax intill destilleriet en verkligt viktig roll.

Att framställa whisky är ett sofistikerat hantverk, och varje råvara, funktion och detalj är avgörande för slutresultatet. För att höja temperaturen och nå kokpunkten behövs värme. Mycket värme. Ett trettiotal meter från destilleriet står därför en rejält stor pelletspanna som eldas med värmepellets och som värmer upp det vatten som pumpas in i anläggningen och via värmeväxlare höjer temperaturen vid kokningen.

Från pelletsanläggningen och eldning med värmepellets får man 125-graders vatten som får igång kokningsprocessen vid destilleringen. Det heta vattnet ger också en jämn temperatur genom hela kokningsprocessen, vilket ger korta koktider och en bättre slutprodukt.

Pelletsanläggningen som ligger i närheten av destilleriet medför stora fördelar både ekonomiskt och driftsmässigt för Mackmyra, samtidigt som det går det helt i linje med företagets sätt att se på hållbarhet och innovation. Pannan eldas med värmepellets och fungerar enligt samma princip som fjärrvärme; alltså ett slutet system där uppvärmt vatten pumpas in i anläggningen, och via en värmeväxlare sedan höjer temperaturen precis lagom mycket till processen.

För Mackmyras del startade allt med att åtta tidigare studiekamrater var på fjällsemester tillsammans. Där och då väcktes idén om att göra en svensk whisky, baserad på svenska råvaror. Det lade grunden till Mackmyra som startade 1999. Och förutsättningarna att göra whisky i Sverige är goda. Kornet är bra, liksom vattnet. På Mackmyra strävar man efter att tillverka whisky på ett så modernt, effektivt och miljövänligt sätt som möjligt. Och det är för att kunna göra det som man har byggt världens mest klimatsmarta destilleri.

Den pelletsanläggning som levererar 125-graders hetvatten till Mackmyra Whiskys destilleri byggdes av KLM Energi & Mekanik, Norrtälje. Pannan levererades av Danstoker och brännaren av Linka.

What’s art and what’s just stuff?

This seems to be the everlasting question in the art world. How do we deicide what’s good and what’s not? What is high art, street art and what’s just plain rubbish? Looking at what’s already done plants, cutlery, machines, broken glass, books and traffic cones can all be art. Put in the right context, in the right venue, in front of the right people we can be convinced that almost anything is worth our time, admiration and money.

Simultaneously an object can be beautiful or interesting without being art. Schuchart maskin is a Swedish machine company that for over one hundred years have provided machines and tools for the Scandinavian industrial business. The products they produce are obviously first and foremost supposed to be functional, sturdy, and safe. They are however, in many cases, also beautiful. With intricate and obviously very well thought out design, they are like little sculptures. Modern art often features robots or similar electronic gadgets that appear to have a practical purpose, with flashing lights or moving parts, so why can’t it be the other way around?

Now, I understand that this is a somewhat odd approach to take and I’m sure many would say with outmost certainty that machinery, bolts and screws are not art. However, our view of what is to be considered expectable and awe worthy decorations have and will continue to change. From wall paintings and frescoes, to 3D-printed sculptures and holograms our idea of what art should and can be have made quite a journey. The materials and inspirations that will be used to decorate the world around us is bound to continue to change and evolve, probably faster and more dramatically than ever before. I for one, is really excited to see what the future holds. Let the creativity flow!


A creative day at the golf course

This summer is really, really crazy. I mean, the weather is just so hot and dry and it feels like living at the caribbean, but more dry. As a golf players you need to bring at least 2 liters of water to the course, almost as much as there’s water in the water hazards. We played yesterday and our golf balls went straight out of bounds. But after drinking and resting in the shadows, we were on the fairway again, thankfully. But now we need many more balls for the next round.

Unconventional Art – What and Where

What most likely first comes to mind when you mention art is a drawing, sculpture or some other famous piece of art. Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrant are just three examples of masters that create art. They are rightly so celebrated for their genius but art is so much more than that.

We can find art almost everywhere, quite literally. Whenever we humans create something, from a painting to a building or even this blog post. It can become an expression of creativity. This creativity can have both intended and unintended consequences. It it common nowadays within architecture to consider not only the practical use of the buildings but also the impact your design choices have on the overall atmosphere of the building.

One simple example would be how if you are designing buildings for an amusement park you would not design it in the same fashion as a hospital. A hospital requires high efficiency and they are therefore quite dull. That is acceptable however as that is their high efficiency is an important feature which highly outweighs the benefits of a better atmosphere.

Art can be the cure

Art may be the cure in cases where high efficiency is required but you still want a nice atmosphere. Maybe not literally in the case of hospital but art can be used to make patients within the healthcare industri feel better. People hate it when hospitals feel sterile, it is off-putting for many. It is therefore important for not only hospital themselves to keep this in mind but also companies that produce medical equipment. You should of course not sacrifice the practical application but do not limit your creativity needlessly. One example of this is Wing Plast, they focus on manufacturing highly efficient and practical medical instruments. At the same time however they don’t limit their creative imagination on how to make their instruments look good at the same time.

It is small details like that which, when amassed, create a better atmosphere. Consider where in your daily life you can apply your imagination and creativity to create some art that betters your daily life.

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