Denmark to build ‘first energy island’ in North Sea

Denmark to build 'first energy island' in North Sea
An impression of the island, surrounded by offshore wind turbines, 260m (850ft) in height. Source: DANISH ENERGY AGENCY
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Daily US Times: A project to build a giant ‘energy island’ providing enough energy for three million households has been given the green signal by Denmark’s politicians.

The world’s first energy island will be as big as 18 football pitches, but there are hopes to make it three times that size.

The island will serve as a hub for 200 giant offshore wind turbines.

It is the biggest construction project in the history of Denmark, costing an estimated 210bn kroner ($34bn).

Situated 80km out to sea, the artificial island would be at least half-owned by the state but partly by the private sector.

The project will not just supply electricity for Danes but for other, neighboring countries’ electricity grids too. Although the neighbouring countries have not yet been detailed, Prof Jacob Ostergaard of the Technical University of Denmark told the BBC that the United Kingdom could benefit, as well as the Netherlands of Germany. Green hydrogen would also be provided for use in aviation, shipping, industry and heavy transport.

Under Denmark’s Climate Act, the country has committed to an ambitious 70% reduction in 1990 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and to becoming carbon dioxide neutral by 2050. Denmark announced in last December that it was ending all new oil and gas exploration in the North Sea.

Danish Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen said the country was simply “changing the map”.

Prof Ostergaard said: “This is gigantic. It’s the next big step for the Danish wind turbine industry. We were leading on land, then we took the step offshore and now we are taking the step with energy islands, so it’ll keep the Danish industry in a pioneering position.”

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