Renewable energy is a source of energy that has been through many ages by humans. In the first days we used it for example to get heat of the sun to dry clothes, vegetables and fruit, to wind energy to grind corn or to power sail boats. Today we have technology, which gives us the opportunity to provide power to almost all we need, through the resources of such as sunlight, waves, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat.
It is the ambition of the major Faroese electricity company SEV, that entire Faroese power supply, will in year 2030 be based on renewable energy – in other words the ambition is to make the Faroese independent of oil by 2030. The new ministers have also written it in the government program that all energy in Faroe Islands should come from renewable sources such as water, wind, solar and the currents of the ocean.
The Faroese are trying hard to reach this goal, and SEV has recently established 13 wind turbines (which are each 900 kW) outside the capital Tórshavn. Director of SEV, Hákun Djurhuus explained that their biggest challenge is to get the most out of the uneven winds, while ensuring that electricity supply is stable. SEV is therefore in process to make a new battery system, which will ensure stability in the electricity supply.
Another challenge for the Faroe Islands, when it comes to electric energy, is too little wind in the summer. They are therefore working on a solution that can save energy from the wind for a long time. It can be done with “pump and storage” systems and to make hydrogen out of water.
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