Background and objective

Fig. 1. Samso energy
academy. The building
houses three private

Samso is a 100% renewable energy island. The island became 100% renewable during a 10-year project that lasted from 1997 to 2007. We have in our archives a large collection of information and data from that project, and the objective of this handbook is

  • to make the results and data from the project accessible to students and project partners.

The goal is to use it in courses for students, journalists, politicians, municipal officers, and engineers.

The Samso Energy Academy is both a building (Fig. 1) and an organization, which resulted from the project. The Samso Energy Agency and the Samso Energy and Environmental Office(external link) are two other organizations under the Samso Energy Academy. All organizations are private, non-governmental organizations funded by project finance and fees for our services.

When we say the island is a 100% renewable energy island, it does not mean the island is self-sufficient, but it refers to the following ratio computed on an annual basis:

annual renewable energy production / annual energy consumption = 100%

The island still consumes fossil fuel, especially for transportation. It is important to note that Samso has an electric cable to land with traffic both ways, mostly export.

There are other renewable energy islands. ISLENET is a network of European islands that promote sustainable and efficient energy and environmental management. It is much more difficult to become 100% renewable if the island does not have a cable to an outside electric grid. El Hierro, one of the islands of the Canary Islands, will solve that problem by means of a water reservoir with a pumped water storage power plant that collaborates with wind turbines.

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