Kataba – Belgian renewable energy megaproject

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In order to speed up the energy transition, scientists from the University of Liège are promoting the installation of tens of thousands of wind turbines in Greenland to supply electricity to a large part of Europe, the Focus on Belgium portal reported.

Professor Damien Ernst and his team are working in Liège on the feasibility conditions for setting up a huge wind farm in the south of Greenland, in a remote and almost uninhabited area.

Their research showed that very specific winds would provide an energy yield incomparable to what they have received so far in continental locations.

In that part of Greenland, the wind blows caused by the cooling of the air masses coming into contact with the ice. The result is a fast and constant wind, called katabatic wind, after which the Katabata project got its name.

Supplying electricity to the European continent remains a major challenge.

In addition to the option of a 4,000 kilometer cable under the ocean, Damien Ernst’s team favors on-site transformation of the generated electricity into energy-rich molecules.

Realization of such a project would require an investment of around 10 billion euros. But its long-term financial and climate profitability is already attracting the interest of major energy groups, added Focus on Belgium.

Source: Beta Green Serbia

Source: Energy Portal of Serbia by www.energetskiportal.rs.

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