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This artificial island off the coast of Denmark will be able to supply electricity to millions of European homes

/ 01:51 PM February 24, 2021
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The island will in fact be a gigantic energy center, located in the North Sea, 80 km from the shore of the Jutland peninsula. Image: courtesy of Danish Energy Agency

Denmark is about to build the very first artificial island dedicated to the collection and distribution of renewable electricity throughout northeastern Europe. The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Public Utilities has announced that this project alone could eventually cover the consumption of 10 million European households.

The island will in fact be a gigantic energy center, located in the North Sea, 80 km from the shore of the Jutland peninsula. Its ambitious goal will be to ensure the production of renewable electricity for an entire part of Europe. Danish Climate Minister Dan Jørgensen called it nothing less than the largest construction project in Danish history.

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The island is set to have a total surface area of approximately 120,000 square meters and should be able to initially supply green energy to 3 million homes. The project will be a public-private partnership between the Danish state and private companies. This new energy hub will serve as a power plant compiling and distributing green electricity directly from several hundred wind turbines operating all around. The offshore wind turbine will use sea winds to produce electricity. In this particular case, it will be aimed primarily at consumers in the countries surrounding the North Sea.

It represents a major step in Europe’s green transition in Europe and even that of the world, according to Danish officials. Indeed, the European Union has set itself the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. To reach this goal, 300 GW of offshore wind power is needed by this deadline. The construction of this energy hub with a potential capacity of more than 10 GW is therefore a very important step in this direction. It should be noted that by 2050, Denmark will no longer extract oil and gas from the North Sea. NVG

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