The project will form the backbone of a grid system that will facilitate exchange between hydropower in South Norway and wind power in the North of Germany. This also brings the vision of power supply from renewable resources within our grasp – to the benefit of all involved,’ said Minister of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport Jost de Jager.
Promotes security of supply
An interconnection between Norway and Germany will also improve the security of power supply in both countries. ‘In Norway, 97 per cent of power production is based on renewable hydropower. Such power production requires sufficient precipitation and inflow to water reservoirs. Therefore, Norway may need to import power from neighbouring countries in dry periods, particularly when these are combined with cold weather and high consumption, which is currently the situation. ‘Norway and Germany are ideal partners. Wind energy from Germany can be stored in the Norwegian reservoirs to be available when it is actually needed,’ Lont said.
Encourages wind power investments
Wind and sun occur – depending on weather conditions – at irregular intervals. Today wind power plants in Germany must be down-regulated if they produce more energy than is consumed.According to de Jager, the energy concepts submitted in 2010 by federal and state governments made clear that storage options for the excess energy are urgently required.. ‘In order to be able to achieve the climate policy goals of the EU and the federal states, renewable energies must continue to grow. The need for storage capacities will increase correspondingly. The subsea cable will link Germany to the reservoirs in Norway and thus also support Germany’s climate goals,’ de Jager emphasised.
In short the subsea cable along with the Norwegian storage capacitywill be contributing towards climate protection; be economical and increase security of supply.
The approx. 640 km-long connection is planned from Tonstad on the South Coast of Norway to Brünsbuttel in Schleswig-Holstein. The high voltage DC transmission cable has a planned transmission capacity of 1 400 MW, corresponding to a capacity of almost four offshore wind parks which are currently being planned for construction on the coast of Schleswig-Holstein, each with a maximum capacity of 400 MW. Nord.Link will be a regulated cable, which implies that profits on the cable will be returned to consumers through reduced tariffs.
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