WinDí, a new wind-hydrogen project in the Faroe islands – the first NAHA initiated project.
This project is set out to find renewable energy solutions for small island communities, with a small island in the Faroe islands, Stóra Dímun as a case study. In this day and age many of the small isolated communities in the North Atlantic are dependent on electricity production by burning diesel oil. There is however a rising interest to use wind-hydrogen/battery systems. Some successful RD & D projects can be found in the North Atlantic region where wind power and hydrogen production have been conducted. One example is a project on Ramea Island (Newfoundland) with wind-hydrogen-diesel system set up by the initiative of Nalcor Energy in Canada providing electricity to 354 customers (total of 631 residents). This project, however, aims to scale down and design a much smaller system, which is something large industries have not been interested in as they see this as a very small “specialized” market. The proposed, community, is a Faroese island called Stóra Dímun. The island is located in the southern part of the Faroe Islands, with 14 residents. Diesel oil is frequently flown in by helicopter for their power production. The benefits of setting up such a system are manifold; cost reduction, currency savings, global warming etc. A project like this is vital for the countries in the North Atlantic region and it is important that we join forces to find a renewable solution for our isolated communities and at the same time reduce CO2 emissions.
In 2014 the project got a grant from NORA and the kick-off meeting was held the 8-9th of September same year.
Picture taken with the project group at Stóra Dímun 11th of September