The Asbru community of education and entrepreneurs on the former NATO military base in southwest Iceland is home to the Keilir Atlantic Center of Excellence. Keilir has just signed a research and development agreement with the Icelandic Energy Company (Íslenska Orkufélagið in Icelandic) for a wind-pumping mechanism.
Wind pumps will, it is hoped, provide a cheap and climate friendly way to raise the water level in the reservoirs of hydroelectric power stations with the aim of increasing reliability and even overall power yield.
Whole new areas of energy creation might become usable because wind pumps could also allow engineers to make brand new hydroelectric reservoirs in places impossible at the moment: while electric pumps are highly effective, it is considered counterproductive to create hydroelectricity from water which had been pumped into the reservoir by electrically powered pumps. Wind pumping would eliminate that problem altogether.
In addition to Keilir and the Icelandic Energy Company (IEC), Landsvirkjun has also declared itself open to future co-operation on the project. Landsvirkjun is Iceland’s state-owned utility company.
Before this new Keilir R&D contract, IEC and Landsvirkjun have been researching the economics of wind-pumping as a usage possibility of wind-energy since last autumn. IEC has been working alone on the idea and its application since 2007.
For more information on the Keilir Atlantic Center of Excellence and the Asbru educational community in which it is located, visit www.asbru.is/English