Hydropower Set to Balance Wind Power

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While Europe invests in wind energy, Norwegian hydropower offers the key to stable electricity supplies, experts say.

The key driver of the development of a northern European offshore power grid is the massive investment being made in wind power in the Baltic and in and around the North Sea. The aim here is to reduce CO2 emissions by as much as between 80 and 95 per cent by 2050.

“If this project is to succeed, we must secure stable electricity supplies,” says Daniel Huertas-Hernando at SINTEF.

This is why researchers are currently looking into how Norwegian hydropower plants can contribute as a potential ‘blue-green’ battery for European wind power…

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Source: Science Daily / University of Toronto