[L’industrie c’est fou] Denmark to create world’s first energy island in the North Sea

Denmark wants to be the European champion of renewable energies. To meet its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets (70% less by 2030 compared to 1990 levels), the country is looking towards the sea. Not just for offshore or floating wind power. The country has announced the construction, within ten years, of an energy island.

The man-made island, which in its initial phase will be the size of 18 football pitches, will be connected to hundreds of offshore wind turbines and will provide both domestic electricity and green hydrogen for navigation, aviation, industry and heavy transport. The island will be located 80 kilometers off the west coast of Denmark and the wind turbines will have an initial capacity of 3 gigawatts. It should be operational around 2033.

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Denmark also plans to create an energy island in the Baltic Sea. The State will hold a majority stake in the companies managing the two projects.

A 28 billion euros project

“This is really a great moment for Denmark and for the global green transition,” Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen said at a press briefing on February 4. “(The island) will make a great contribution to realizing the enormous potential of European offshore wind energy.”

The energy island, which will cost around DKK 210 billion (€ 28.25 billion) to build, is an important part of Denmark’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest construction project in the history of the country.

The Nordic country, home to wind turbine maker Vestas and offshore wind farm developer Orsted, has been a pioneer in onshore and offshore wind thanks to its favorable wind speeds, building the first offshore wind farm in world almost 30 years ago. In December 2020, he decided to stop the search for oil and gas in the Danish part of the North Sea and instead hopes to make it a hub for renewable energy and carbon storage.

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