Spanish island to be fully powered by wind, water

Spanish-island-to-be-fully-powered-by-wind---water

Spanish island will become the world’s first 100% powered by renewable energy

The most remote and westernmost of Spain’s Canary Islands, El Hierro was considered to be the “edge of the world” by Europeans until Columbus made his famous 1492 voyage.

El Hierro, is making a splash by becoming the first island in the world fully energy self-sufficient through combined water and wind power, removing itself from the need of oil imports.

The island, itself, is home to about 10,000 people. The wind-hydro power station includes a wind farm with five wind turbines of 2.3 MW each, a pump unit, a hydroelectric plant, two dams and a desalination plant.

Currently, the hydro energy produces enough to sustain the island, but the wind turbines will produce extra; allowing them to transport freshwater to a reservoir 2,300 feet above sea-level. This reservoir can be used in times of need, releasing water through generators and producing extra electricity.

There is some controversy about El Hierro being the “first” island to rely totally on renewable energy. However, most experts agree that it is the first to secure a consistent supply of electricity from wind and water only, without the need for supplementary fuel or connection to an electrical grid. In fact, El Hierro has never been connected to an outside electrical grid.

See also: 100% Self-Sustaining Place on Earth – Eigg Island

The inconsistencies associated with wind power can pose problems, even on the notoriously breezy Canaries. Power failures could be damaging for the island’s tourism industry efforts, but El Hierro has tackled this issue with an ingenious closed-loop wind/hydroelectric system.

Excess power from the five wind turbines will be used to pump water to a reservoir in the crater of a nonactive volcano. When winds are calm, this water will be released, flowing downhill through hydroelectric turbines. This way, excess wind power can be saved without the need for batteries.

Though the systems have already been heavily tested, the island does have an emergency reserve of fuel to protect against unforeseen problems. Even so, Hierro continues to plan for more sustainable moves in the near future. The island’s authorities have entered into an agreement with Nissan to replace all of El Hierro’s vehicles with electric cars in the next six years.

Eco-friendliness is not a new idea on El Hierro. The island has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of its unique landscapes and wildlife and because only about 10 percent of the land has been converted to farmland. Nature dominates the rest of the island. Lower carbon emissions will certainly be a positive side effect of El Hierro’s nonfuel power grid.

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

What Scientists Discovered Underneath The Easter Island Heads! Unbelievable!

Archaeologists have excavated around the heads and guess what they found? The heads have full bodies!

‘This Is America’: The Childish Gambino video explained

Donald Glover had quite the weekend. The actor, who has been riding high these days with both his series "Atlanta" and his role as young...

Ancient Egyptians Knew How to Unleash the Power of the Pineal Gland

Scientists have been mystified by the pineal gland for centuries. As the brain and central nervous and endocrine systems were progressively unravelled by the anatomists,...

What's New Today

FBI ‘Mistakenly’ Releases 9/11 Bombshell In Court: Key Saudi Diplomat Who “Tasked” Hijackers Named

It’s being called “a complete government cover-up of the Saudi involvement” according to 9/11 victims’ families who...

Racial wounds rip open under a president with a history of exploiting them

President Donald Trump has spent much of his adult life building his brand around racial divisions.

Bill Gates is the top target for coronavirus conspiracy theories

Bill Gates has been one of the most outspoken public figures about the coronavirus pandemic. But the...

China Is Turning The Rainforest Into Cheap Furniture For The U.S.

Driven by American demand for cheap furniture, China has become the greatest importer of illegal timber. The...

MOST READ

Putin has Banned Rothschild and His New World Order Banking Cartel Family from Entering Russian Territory

As of recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin took yet another decision for his country. "Under any circumstances", the Rothschild family is banned from entering Russian territory. Along...

Rothschild Bank Now Under Criminal Investigation After Baron David De Rothschild Indictment

Last year, Baron David de Rothschild was indicted by the French government after he was accused of fraud in a scheme that allegedly embezzled...

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

What Scientists Discovered Underneath The Easter Island Heads! Unbelievable!

Archaeologists have excavated around the heads and guess what they found? The heads have full bodies!

This Superb Animation Is A Wake Up Call To Humanity – Stop Consuming!

Wake Up Call -The true cost of technology Have you ever felt like we’re living through a nightmare of consumption? That you wish you could...

Atheist’s View On Life

Atheist's View On Life Could Make Anyone Cry. 4 Minutes In, The Interviewer Almost Gets Choked Up. This is a thought provoking little interview with...

The Rock We All Live on Called Earth is Cracking Up!

We are talking about the rock we all live on called Earth, and it seems to be well cracking up in more ways than...

An alarming number of Americans say they will not get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available

As Big Pharma races to develop a COVID-19 vaccine that could save millions of lives globally, nearly...

‘ DREAMTIME ‘ VERSUS ‘ LINEAR-TIME ‘

Mythology always relates us to some type of ‘ dreamtime ’, to another world in which the prosaic rules and regulations, the common-sense categories...

Is Medical Marijuana The Future Of Breast Cancer Therapy

Statistics show that breast cancer is the most common tumor among women and accounts for 22.9% of all cancers in women across the globe. In...

Bill Gates Thinks a Coming Disease Could Kill 30 Million People Within 6 Months, And We’re Not Ready

If there's one thing that we know from history, it's that a deadly new disease will arise and spread around the globe. That could happen easily...