The need for energy in the Faroe Islands increases continuously, and in the first six months of 2022, the energy generation reached a total of 209,5 GWh, which is a growth of 3.5% compared to the same period last year.
The energy from renewable energy sources has been remarkable during this period. In the first six months of 2022, renewable energy sources generated just under 93 GWh, whereas 81 GWh were generated from renewable energy sources during the same period last year. The division between renewable and thermal energy in the total energy generation was 44.4% renewable energy and 55.6% thermal energy.
Especially energy from hydropower has been remarkable this year with a total of 61.1 GWh in comparison to 49.5 GWh in 2021. This result has only been exceeded in 2014 and 2015, where the rainfall was exceptionally high. The first six months of 2022 have been quite wet, and this is the reason for the good result.
The wind generation stood at 28.6 GWh for the first six months of 2022, which is a bit better compared to the same period in 2021, where the wind generation stood at 28.5 GWh. However, this result is not as good as in 2018, which is the best year on record in terms of wind power, where the GWh stood at 31.2.
The usage of thermal energy was lower in the first six months this year compared to the first six months in 2020 and 2021. Thermal energy stood for 116.6 GWh compared to 120.7 and 121.4 in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Thereby, SEV utilized 1000 tons less during the first six months of 2022 compared to the same period last year.
The solar power plant in Sumba in Suðuroy produced 0.1 GWh during the first six months of 2022, which is 7.7% less compared to the same period in 2021. The biogas plant, Førka, generated 3 GWh, which corresponds to 1.44% of its total production.