Greenland is pursuing an ambitious strategy in wind power, with plans for several wind farms in the coming years. Kjeller Wind Teknikk (KVT) has conducted meteorological analyses and proposed turbine layouts for multiple areas.

In late November, KVT erected a measurement mast, standing at an impressive 160 meters, on Nordlandet, the west coast of Greenland. The mast is part of an energy production analysis for a planned wind farm led by the Greenlandic company Anori, dedicated to sustainable solutions for the future. The wind farm is envisioned to power a future ammonia plant.

Kjeller Wind Technology’s team, including Mikael Roos (Windtech Scandinavia), Jarle Holmen (KVT), Alexander Burås Stenerud (KVT), Lars Haugen (Gravhaugen AS), and Torbjørn Strandos (KVT), played a crucial role in this endeavor.

The mast comprises 52 sections and 39 guy wires, distributed across 13 different heights to ensure stability in the challenging climate with significant icing and strong winds. Various sensors have been installed, including wind speed sensors, wind direction sensors, temperature sensors, and pressure sensor. The top two wind sensors are mounted at a height of 160.2 meters. The mast erection is a complex operation, involving close coordination between the helicopter pilot, mast crew, and ground personnel. The operation proved challenging due to frequent winter storms in Greenland during this time of year, leading to the evacuation of the crew on several occasions.

Greenland possesses wind resources that far exceed its already abundant water resources. Palle Christiansen, CEO of Anori A/S, stated, “Greenland sits on a wind treasure, where the potential is now being documented. The plan for the first wind farm with 1.5 GW installed capacity is the initial step toward a Greenlandic wind adventure.”