An artificial island in Denmark: the new energy hub in northern Europe, over the next decade.

Harnessing the enormous potential of wind power, by building an artificial island in Denmark, is a project that will connect hundreds of wind turbines capable of generating enough electricity for several million households, while helping the country’s already binding emissions reduction targets by 70%. [1]‎

Denmark has recently approved plans to build an artificial island in the North Sea and use it as a clean energy centre. 

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The artificial island, which will be located 80 km from the west coast of Denmark, will initially have a size of 120,000 square meters, i.e. it will be larger than 18 football fields.‎

‎”The North Sea energy hub will be the largest construction project in Denmark’s history,” Climate & Energy & Social Utilities Minister Dan Joergensen told a news conference. “It will make a significant contribution to realising the huge energy potential for the European offshore wind,” he continued. The surrounding wind turbines will have a capacity of at least 3 gigawatts, with the aim of increasing up to 10 gigawatts over time. “This is truly a wonderful time for Denmark and for the global green transition,” Jorgensen continued. [2]‎

‎The energy island is an important part of the country’s legally binding goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% of 1990 levels by 2030. Authorities hope to operate the centre by 2033. The first phase of the project is expected to cost about 210 billion Danish crowns ($33.87 billion, 28.28 billion euros). When built, the island will provide clean energy to homes and green hydrogen for use in shipping and transportation. We recall that Denmark was a pioneer in wind energy both on land and offshore, building the first offshore wind farm 30 years ago. [1]‎

Denmark gets 40% of its electricity from wind power. The nation is also home to the world’s largest wind turbine producer, Vesta Wind Systems and the world’s leading manufacturer of offshore wind, Orsted AS.‎

[3] BBC, An impression of the island, surrounded by offshore wind turbines, 260m (850ft) in height
A view of the artificial island along with hundreds of connected wind turbines 260m (850ft) high.‎

In December, the government decided to stop oil and gas exploration in the North Sea part of Denmark. No date has yet been set for the start of construction of the island, which will be controlled by the government. The state also has plans for a second energy island in the Baltic Sea. [3]‎

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Location Map of the project.


[1] 04/02/2021: AMP DW:

[2] Tweet post: Danish Minister Dan Joergensen.

[3] 05/02/2021: BBC:

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