faroe islands plan for 100% green energy
SEV, the Faroe Islands utility, recently inaugurated Europe’s first fully commercial installation of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage system in combination with a wind farm. Saft International Magazine asked Terji Nielsen, SEV’s R&D Manager, to outline the background to the project.
The Faroe islands are 18 islands locatedhalfwaybetweenicelandand norway. The islands’ harsh weather conditions make SeV’s mission, as themainpowerproduceranddistributor, a key service to the islands’ 50,000 inhabitants. All the islanders have a stake in our business so to speak, as we are owned by all the Amajorstepinourgreenenergy Faroesemunicipalities,andwereceive programwasthenew12megawatts nogovernmentsubsidies.Anyprofits (MW)Húsahagiwindfarmthatcame arereinvestedintodevelopingourgrid. onlinein2014.Frompastexperience SeV’sgreenvisionisfor100percent we knew that the variable nature of renewable electricity production by wind would present grid 2030 by making full stabilityissues.Therefore, use of our abundant SEV’s green to overcome short-term windandhydroenergy variations, lasting from resources, together vision is for withothertechnologies 100% renewable secondstominutes,wehave deployed a 2.3 MW energy l i k e p h o t o v o l t a i c s storagesysteminstallation a n d t i d a l e n e r g y . electricity atthesite. Simultaneously, our production by SaftandeneRCOn energymixisentering were our partners for the a period of profound 2030 Li-ion battery and energy changeaswetransition conversion systems. They were a household heating from oil to heat naturalchoiceduetotheircombination pumps and incentivize the use of of fully commercialized technology electricvehicles. andthecapabilitytosupportusfrom The aggregated effect is that by initialconceptandsolutionmodelling 2030wewilldoubleourcurrent314 throughtofinaldelivery. gWhannualdemandforelectricity.
Terji Nielsen, SEV’s R&D Manager
Sofartheenergystoragesystemis functioningexactlyasplanned.Andwe weredelightedtoshareourexperience with the 350 delegates attending our recent conference in the Faroe islands.iexpectthatenergystorage willbeanintegralpartofallnewwind farms,eitheraslocalstoragesystems, orasmorecentralizedsystems.For SeV the benefits of energy storage areclearandthisapproachisreadily transferrable to islands across the world.
Click here and watch SEV’s Húsahagi wind farm video