Why Norway Can’t Become Europe’s Battery Pack

By [email protected] New research casts doubt on the view that pumped hydro power could allow Norway to act as battery pack for other parts of Europe.

Dr. Björn Peters, a German energy investor turned researcher, says that even though Norway’s hydro capacity is “huge,” most of it is in fact needed to power Norway.

“Theoretically, Norwegian electricity storage would be sufficient to compensate for the fluctuations in solar and wind energy in Germany, even if Germany was supplied solely by sun and wind energy,” he said.

“However, since 2002 an average of about 44 terawatt-hours had to be stored between the summer and winter

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