London taxis with wind in their tanks – and aluminium from Karmøy in the frame

Sustainability is possible throughout the entire value chain. Here are some examples of what is about to happen in London involving the companies Hydro and Norgesgruppen/ASKO.

The London Council has decided that all petrol and diesel taxis shall be phased out

The London Council has decided that all petrol and diesel taxis shall be phased out
The London Council has decided that all petrol and diesel taxis shall be phased out – to be replaced by zero-emission electric taxis. The resolution was passed in order to reduce air pollution and climate gas emissions in the heavily-burdened city.

The electric power may in fact come from the wind blowing over Rogaland, in combination with hydro power. It only takes seconds to transfer electric power to England via the world's longest sea cable, which is currently being built – from Kvildal in Rogaland to Blyth on the east coast of England.

Wind in the aluminium doors of the new electric vehicles
Hydro is quite dependent on competitive electric power for its aluminium production. By electing to purchase wind energy (1TWh/year) for a period of 20 years, Hydro Aluminium at Karmøy is showing that it values wind power as a smart and cost-effective source of energy.

Karmøy aluminium

Karmøy aluminium
The aluminium produced at Karmøy may also be used in Hydro`s newly-opened factory at Grevenbroich in Germany, where the company produces parts and aluminium plating for electric cars and buses. The aluminium is replacing steel plates in car brands such as Audi, Mercedes, Peugeot, Citröen and BMW. Therefore cars are becoming lighter – and naturally, lighter electric cars and buses require less electric power to drive. The electric power will come from wind and hydro power in Southern Norway, via the electric power cable from Tonstad in Norway to Germany, currently under construction.

When the time comes to scrap the cars, almost 100% of the aluminium will be recirculated and form the basis for new products with very low energy consumption and very low climate gas emissions.

Hydro’s new aluminium plant for the production of parts for electric cars and buses at Grevebroich, Germany, was opened by Angela Merkel and Erna Solberg on 4 May 2017.

Another good example: ASKO
Norway's biggest food distributor; Norgesgruppen/ASKO, has set an objective for all its activities to be 100% based on renewable energy without emissions.

It has built Norway's biggest sun farm on the big, flat roofs of its buildings, and is now building a wind farm in Rogaland. It will use part of the wind electric power to run the electric vehicles in its transportation fleet, and other parts to make hydrogen through the electrolysis of water. The hydrogen will be used to run the heavy trucks in the company's vehicle fleet. 

Norsk Vindenergi has had the pleasure of advising Norgesgruppen in its wind power efforts.

It is the results that count. Hydro Aluminium and ASKO/Norgesgruppen lead the way.

This way we are moving towards a low emission society in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement and within the framework of the carbon budget – with wind in the tank!