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FW: Subsea power cables to support renewable energy in Norway, Germany

Subsea power cables to support renewable energy in Norway, Germany

June 25, 2012
Authorities in Norway recently announced plans to construct two major new subsea power cables to help support the renewable energy sector in the region, according to Reuters.

One of the new power cables will stretch from Norway to the U.K., where the numerous hydroelectric plants in Norway will be able to sell renewable energy at higher prices than they can find domestically. At 425 miles long, the project will result in the single longest subsea power cable in the world.

The second power line will stretch to Germany, one of the largest producers of clean energy in the world. The Local reports that this cable will provide wind and solar energy from Germany to be diverted to Norway when demand is low to be stored in some of the country's pumped storage power plants.

While renewable energy has grown quickly with the support of subsidies in Germany, the country has faced difficulties because of the intermittent nature of wind and solar, which could be significantly improved by access to Norwegian pumped storage.

The German and British cables will each carry 1.4 gigawatts of power and are expected to be complete in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

Power market data for Norway is available at PennEnergy's Research area.

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