As part of its plan to transition to green energy, the government of Denmark has unveiled plans for its largest construction project ever, set to cost $34 billion, in the North Sea.
This is also a world first in the sense that it is a man-made island meant for the sole purpose of power generation. It will be a hub, sourcing renewable energy from many wind turbines out at sea and supplying the mainland though subsea cables. The project will launch with 200 turbines, with more to be added.
The 12 hectares island (think of it as 18 soccer fields) will be located 50 miles (80 km) offshore from the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. It is expected to be commissioned in 2033. Initial total capacity is 3 gigawatts, which will supply 3 million households. This will then be built up to 10 gigawatts.
In addition to itself, Denmark is looking to supply green energy to neighboring countries like Holland and Germany.
A second hub is planned for the Island of Bornholm off Sweden’s southern coast, with a capacity of 2 gigawatts.
While the Jutland is the biggest project of its kind, it is not the first offshore renewable energy facility by Denmark. The Country built the Vindeby offshore wind farm on Lolland Island, outputting 5 megawatts in 1991. Combined energy from offshore wind mills presently is 1.7 gigawatts.
Funds will come from a partnership with private companies, with the Government providing half. Date of commencement of the project is yet to be released.
This is part of Denmark’s plan to achieve EU’s target of net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. It is the same year Denmark is looking to cease all oil and gas exploration and extraction in the North Sea.
Commenting on the ambitious project, Dan Jorgensen, the Danish Minister for Climate said:
“This is truly a great moment for Denmark and for the global green transition. This decision marks the start of a new era of sustainable energy production in Denmark and the world and it links very ambitious climate goals with growth and green jobs. It will make a big contribution to the realization of the enormous potential for European offshore wind.”
Written by D.O. for www.ShargeMe.blog