Denmark to build 'energy island' in North Sea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Its construction will begin in 2026
16:41, 7 February 2021
Wind farm
Denmark plans to built an artificial island in the North Sea that could generate wind power for at least three million households, a government spokesman said according to The Local.

Work is due to begin by 2026, he added. 

The Danish parliament adopted in June a political environmental framework aimed at reducing the country's CO2 emissions by 70 percent by 2030, which included plans for the world's first "energy hubs" on the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea and in the North Sea.

Later parliament went further by approving a plan to place the North Sea hub on an artificial island, with a wind power farm that will initially supply three gigawatts (GW) of electricity.

That could later be scaled up to 10 GW enough for 10 million households, according to the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities.

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The island is to be majority owned by the Danish government in partnership with private companies.

Its final size is yet to be decided but it is expected to cover between 120,000 to 460,000 square meters.

The total number of wind turbines has not been finalised either, but estimates range between 200 and 600 units at "a previously unseen scale," with the tip of the blades reaching as high as 260 meters above the sea.

The project's next steps include environmental impact assessments and talks with potential investors, so construction is still some years off.

At full capacity, the island would provide more wind power than Denmark needs for its population of 5.8 million.

Other countries could then plug into the hub to "increase the efficiency of the electricity production from the wind farms by distributing it across the European power grid," the ministry said.

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