September 30 2015
By Tine Stevnhoved

Søren Hermansen

Søren Hermansen is a world-class Danish energy magician. Søren Hermansen, a native islander, spearheaded his community’s efforts to become 100 percent energy independent and prove to the world that it is possible for communities to become self-sufficient. And the mission succeeded.

Samsø Island has received international recognition for leading the world in sustainable alternative energy, producing 10 % more than its 6,000 residents use each year, and was recently featured in The New Yorker magazine.

In 2009, Søren Hermansen received the Gothenborg Prize – the Nobel Prize of the environmental field. Today, Søren directs the Samsø Energiakademi (Samsø Energy Academy) that teaches citizens around the globe to live sustainably.