SEV is the main power supplier in the Faroe Islands. We operate on 17 of the 18 islands that constitute the Faroe Islands. Isolated in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands need to be self sufficient in terms of electricity generation as the Faroese electrical grid is not interconnected to neighbouring countries.
SEV operates six hydro power plants, three thermal power plants, three wind farms and one solar power plant. Furthermore, external suppliers operate one wind farm and one biomass plant.
Total installed capacity in the Faroe Islands is 163 MW and total power generation in 2019 was 386 GWh. Max demand was 63.1 MW in November 2020.
In 2018, 49% of power generation came from renewable sources, i.e. hydro and wind power, respectively. In 2015, 59.4% of total power generation was from renewable resources, i.e. hydro, wind and solar, respectively.
In October 2020, bio mass production was added to the mix.
SEV also collaborates with the Swedish marine energy technology company Minesto on a tidal energy project in Vestmannasund, Faroe Islands. Minesto has developed the award winning and patented Deep Green technology, which operates cost efficiently in areas with low-flow tidal streams and ocean currents. The first kWh were delivered to the Faroese grid on 1st December 2020.
For additional information on Minesto and the tidal energy project in Vestmannasund see
Vestmannasund tidal energy project