On Wednesday, Erna Solberg of Høyre (H) opened the Lysebotn 2 power station in Lysefjord.The location provides power a short way out of the country.
According to Stavanger Aftenblad newspaper, the power plant has cost the Lyse Group almost 1.8 billion kroner, and has taken four years to build.
It replaces Lysebotn 1, which started production in 1953. Lysebotn 2 has new tunnels, better aggregates, and consequently a larger energy production capacity. The new power plant should be able to produce electricity for 75,000 homes a year.
Prime Minister, Solberg expressed herself greatly pleased when she spoke of the technology behind the power plant during the opening.
“The power plant is of the highest class in terms of technological design, with two turbines, each moving 30,000 liters of water per second,” she said.
In addition, the prime minister said that the power plant’s location makes it easy to export energy to Europe.
‘’The location here in Lysebotn makes the road to Europe short. With its flexibility, this power plant could help to meet some of the needs Europe has for renewable energy.’’
The power plant will be Northern Europe’s most advanced, and can handle a 686-meter waterfall, which is the highest in the country among power stations using ‘francisturbines’.
Professor at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, and head of the NTNU Hydroelectric Laboratory, Torbjørn Kristian Nielsen,told NRK news that the great fall height will increase the power output from the natural energy.
“It’s a pretty sprightly project.The advantage of this power plant will be the significantly greater efficiency.They will transfer more of the natural energy to power’’ said Nielsen.
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