Nordic country, with its favorable wind speeds, was a pioneer in both onshore and offshore wind, building the world’s first offshore wind farm almost 30 years ago.
Tapping into ‘enormous potential’ of wind power, Denmark approved plans on Thursday to construct an artificial island in the North Sea and use it as clean energy hub.
The surrounding wind turbines will have a capacity of at least 3 gigawatts, ramping up to 10 gigawatts over time.
When built, the island will supply both clean power to homes and green hydrogen for use in shipping, aviation, industry and heavy transport.
The decision came as the EU unveiled plans to transform the bloc’s electricity supply. The bloc aims to rely mostly on renewable energy within a decade while increasing offshore wind energy capacity roughly 25-fold by mid-century. The planned island, which will be located 80 kilometers off Denmark’s west coast, will initially be 120,000 square meters in size, bigger than 18 standard football fields.
“The energy hub in the North Sea will be the largest construction project in Danish history”, Climate Minister Dan Joergensen told a press briefing.
“It will make a big contribution to the realization of the enormous potential for European offshore wind,” he continued.
Authorities hope to have the hub operable by 2033. The first phase of the project is expected to cost around 210 billion Danish crowns ($33.87 billion, €28.28 billion).