Samsø is a small which near Denmark's second biggest city, Århus. It has 27 km from north to south and the narrowest width is only 8 km. There are only 4200-4300 people on the island. Because there are no higher educaiton schools or universities, therefore, all the kids have to leave the island to Århus for the further education after 15 or so. They are not returning back to the island, just like the people who live in the country side in Taiwan. Most of the residents are elderly people. Other than those, there are about 800 kids and 1000 younger people who has real job on the island.
但自1997年起被丹麥命名為再生能源島 (Renewable Energy Island)
Samsø was originally famous by its potatoes, but it was named "renewable energy island" since 1997, and within 10 years became self-sufficient in renewable energy. Today, wind turbines provide 100% of Samsø's electricity, similarly 70% of heating comes from renewable energy sources. The island has its own energy office, where companies and householders can receive advice on renewable energy solutions and saving energy. Currently, there are a number of research projects on Samsø, where rapeseed oil is used for transport and elephant grass for heating. Samsø Energy Academy has solar heating, solar power cells and recycled rainwater systems, that are used as demonstrations for visitors. All Samsø's community heating systems are based on renewable resources, such as straw, splar panels and woodchips. A single wind turbine in Samsø's sea wind farm produces enough energy each year to power 2000 households. A land-based turbine can power 600 households. The 10 wind turbines in the sea south of Samsø send more clean electricity every year to the mainland grid than the island uses on transport, including the three ferries. No wonder Samsø's renewable energy system has attractive many different medias came for interview from the world in recent years.
Personally, it is hard for me to believe how can an island produces all the needed energy from nature sources. Besides, they can have even more energy than what they need and sale to Danish government. I really have learnt a lot new knowledge about renewable energy myself from the trip. I also got a chance to get to know this special island. It is really a beautiful island and the people on the island are so pure and natural. I saw their true happiness without fighting for something like most of ordinary people. Although there are only about 4200 people, can you imigine and believe that each of them actually know each other. Is there anyone of us have known so many people like them in our lives?? I had a chance to talk to an old Gernman lady. She and her husband moved to here because they love the island after one trip to Samsø many many years ago. Also, the lady, Anne who had helped us on the day when we were interviewing people, herself moved here about 2 years ago with her husband. The reason they moved here is actually exactlly the same as the German lady that I talked to. They falled in love with Samsø after one trip and then they decided to move here 2 years ago. Anne even told me that they will just live on the island for good til the end. Do you have such encouragement like them? I doubt myself though. However, I would love to come back and visit this island again if I have a chance and I will surely to look at its beautiful more carefully.
P.S. The main information is from Samsø Energy Academy.
More information and details about Samsø: http://www.energiakademiet.dk/flashkort.asp