Denmark is one of the pioneer countries in terms of energy transition. It is therefore not a surprise that he decides to build the first artificial island whose objective will be to distribute the energy obtained via what is none other than an offshore wind farm. This will help meet the energy needs of several million homes in Europe.
The first artificial wind island
At the start of 2017, we were already talking about an artificial island project in the North Sea. Supported by the company Energinet (Denmark) and the TenneT group (Netherlands and Germany), this project provides for the installation of an island on the Dogger Bank, a large sandbank of 17,600 km² located around one hundred kilometers away east of Great Britain. This island of a area of 6 km² is expected to accommodate by 2050 many solar panels and nearly 7,000 wind turbines. It will aim to provide electricity to around eighty million people in several countries of northern Europe.
While this project does not seem to have really started since the parties are in discussion, another artificial island energy-oriented should see the light of day long before. As explained Euronews, Danish Climate Minister Dan Jørgensen announced the largest construction project in the history of his country. The island in question will however be smaller than that of the Energinet / TenneT project. In the meantime, it will be the world’s first artificial wind island.
An important step
The man-made island will be located in the North Sea 80 km from the Jutland Peninsula and is expected to cover a area of 120,000 m². Resulting from a public-private partnership, the island should initially ensure the production of renewable electricity intended for three million European households. In fact, this new energy hub will be a real power plant, the energy of which will come from several hundred wind turbines.
For the Minister, this is a major step in the green transition in Europe and even in the world. It should be remembered that the European Union has set itself the objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. In order to achieve this, it will be necessary to demonstrate the ability to produce at least 300 GW. However, the future Danish energy pole will have a capacity of “only” 10 GW. While there is still a long way to go, it is still an important step in this direction.
A true player and pioneer in the energy transition in Europe, Denmark has also taken a another very important decision. Indeed, this country will no longer practice oil and gas extraction in the North Sea by 2050.