Norway to become Germany

A submarine power cable is set to link Norwegian hydroelectric plants and German wind farms starting in 2020. A powerhouse for Europe, Norwegian hydropower plays an important role in the renewable energy revolution.

In Germany and Europe’s march toward renewable energies, the 623 kilometers (387 miles) of submarine cable between northern Germany and Norway is a very important step forward. In the Norwegian town of Haugesund, the state-owned energy system operator Statnett and the European electricity transmission operator TenneT have now signed a contract for the construction of NordLink.

The high voltage cable has a capacity of 1,400 megawatts and is expected to adjust for electrical fluctuations in Germany with wind and solar power. If required, the highly efficient DC power cable, together with Norwegian hydropower, can cover around three percent of Germany’s demand for electricity.

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