Urban-Air Port has partnered with the City of Skellefteå, Skellefteå Airport and Skanska in Sweden in order to integrate infrastructure for drone deliveries at Hammarängen. 

Northvolt, Europe’s largest electric battery production facility, is nearing completion and contributing to a surge in employment opportunities in an industrial boost for the region, as well as an important step towards green transition.

“With this increased growth we see a need for fast and sustainable transport for companies, public enterprises and private individuals,” says Lars Hedqvist at Skellefteå Municipality.

“By coordinating all modes of transport and integrating airborne goods transport in community planning, we hope to create a safe, robust, cost-efficient, sustainable, accessible and future-oriented logistics system throughout the municipality. 

Infrastructure on the ground is required in the form of a droneport, and one objective is to develop the world’s first wood droneport from local forests and thereby demonstrate a sustainable way of building the infrastructure of tomorrow. 

While the logistics site at Hammarängen is under development, it is possible to integrate drone deliveries into planning from the beginning and thereby create a multimodal hub where all forms of transport are coordinated. 

“Drones are part of the sustainable transport methods of the future and the future is here faster than we think,” says David Nordberg of Skanska.

“The conditions are right for developing the logistics and infrastructure in the industrial area of Hammarängen Skellefteå Södra, with the project supported by Skanska’s Sustainovation innovation operations, where the collaborating parties will carry out a feasibility study to map the design, needs, permit processes and costs associated with a droneport.”

Ricky Sandhu, Founder and Executive Chairman of Urban-Air Port, adds: “We are delighted to be working with this highly experienced, multi-disciplined consortium to bring Advanced Air Mobility to Skellefteå and Sweden. 

“Combining the local authority, the airport and a construction company together with Urban-Air Port’s unique innovative ground infrastructure for future AAM is a blueprint which can be replicated around the world and our infrastructure allows quick and easy adoption of this exciting new form of transportation.”

Robert Lindberg, CEO of Skellefteå Airport, says: “By combining the airport’s capability with Skanska’s property development expertise, Urban-Air Port’s concept of ground infrastructure for drone deliveries and Skellefteå municipality’s investments in the sustainable society of the future, we have a partnership to create innovative solutions for future transportation of airborne goods.”