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Hydropower generation breaks all records

With the month of August witnessing unusually wet weather, the total amount of hydropower generated by Faroese utility SEV likewise reached exceptional heights, exceeding monthly production average by far, outstripping last year’s August multiple times.

According to the publicly held utility firm, as much as 30 percent of the total electricity generated in August was derived from hydropower.

“This is the best August we’ve ever seen in terms of hydropower produced,” said Heri Mortensen, director of power generation at SEV. “As things currently stand, the prospects for renewable energy look good for this year. More wind turbines have been installed with more underway. Meanwhile the Porkeri Wind Farm power storage project is expected to enter its next stage of development this fall.”

As per SEV, some 55 percent of the total energy generated this August thus came from renewable sources, which allowed the utility firm to save 3,500 tonnes of fuel oil compared to the same month of last year.

Whereas in August 2021, about 1.7 GWh of hydropower was generated, this year’s August produced as much as 10.5 GWh from rain water — a whopping 500 percent increase.

Judging from the period of January 1st to August 31st, the amount of hydropower generated in 2022 is breaking all records. The hitherto highest hydropower production output on an annual basis was seen in 2015 at 133 GWh, with the yearly average since 2016 up until now cited at 106 GWh.

Also the amount of energy generated from wind increased this August compared to the corresponding month of last year — a full 25 percent of the total energy was generated from wind that month, SEV reported.

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