Iceland Introduces Wind Turbines

By Paul Gipe

Renowned for its development of geothermal energy, Iceland has longed downplayed the potential of wind energy on the windy island nation in the middle of the North Atlantic.

Until now. Landsvirkjun, the public utility producing the bulk of the country’s electricity, announced this spring the installation of two Enercon E44 turbines installed at the end of last year. The turbines, the first in Iceland, give Iceland the distinction of being the 100th country in the world to use wind energy.

The Enercon turbines are a good choice for Iceland. They are also used in Antartica and now also on the Faeroe Islands, another remote island archipelago in the North Atlantic with a Scandinavian heritage.