Hydrogen proposed as solution to Svalbard’s energy needs

- Norske myndigheter hevder at suvereniteten over Svalbard ikke er omstridt. Det er bare delvis riktig, mener kronikkforfatter Per Arne Totland. (Foto: Wikimedia Commons).
A study from the independent Norwegian research organization SINTEF suggest that hydrogen imported from mainland Norway can be a less expensive way of providing the Arctic archipelago with renewable energy, as reported by Teknisk Ukeblad.

A study from the independent Norwegian research organization SINTEF suggest that hydrogen imported from mainland Norway can be a less expensive way of providing the Arctic archipelago with renewable energy, according to an article on forskning.no. 

Svalbard is currently dependent on coal to produce electricity, resulting in yearly CO2 emissions of 40 metric tons per inhabitant.

One of the proposed solutions is a submarine power cable that would provide Svalbard with electricity for renewable energy sources on the Norwegian coast.

According to SINTEF, shipping the energy in the form of liquid hydrogen would be considerably cheaper than constructing a submarine cable, with savings amounting to the equivalent of 11 million euro per year.



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