Volvo Penta D16 engines will deliver the power to light Sweden Rock, a rock’n’roll festival held every year in June in the town of Sölvesborg, southern Sweden, attracting top rock and metal acts from all over the world. Over 30,000 fans pack into the festival site over four days in early June every year.

Volvo Penta D16
A close-up of the Volvo Penta D16 engine


The vast light shows at the different stages are supported by generators supplying extra electricity. These cannot fail, otherwise guitar solos would be plunged into darkness and epic performances interrupted.


The reasons behind the choice of Volvo Penta D16

The majority of the generators hired by Sweden Rock use Volvo Penta engines. Pelle Åberg is responsible for the planning and rental for almost everything at the festival site. «We only get one chance when doing a show. We can’t take a risk that equipment will break, fail or become unstable. That’s why we use these generators and engines. They are a great combination».


Pelle Åberg surveys the huge lighting rigs on the festival’s main stage, which are powered by generators equipped with Volvo Penta D16 engines. «The Volvo Penta engines are safe for us. We know we can trust them, and they perform very well at this type of event. The fuel consumption is pretty low compared with other engines», he says.

Volvo Penta D16
Volvo Penta D16 engines deliver the power to light Sweden Rock

Careful about the environment

This low fuel consumption ties in perfectly with Sweden Rock’s environmentally conscious ‘Live Green’ philosophy, one which they put into action long before it became standard at such events.


«For a number of years, we at Sweden Rock have worked to minimize our environmental impact in various ways. For example, all trash left at the site is recycled, we use climate-friendly energy and have switched to an efficient and water-efficient sanitation system. Using less power in lighting the stages with Volvo Penta’s energy-efficient engines is of course another significant step in the right direction», adds Åberg.

Volvo Penta D16
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