As part of the new climate action plan, the Danish government has confirmed plans to build the world's first “energy islands,” Renen reports.
Climate and energy minister Dan Jørgensen said the vast majority would be financed by private investors without government subsidies or with little support.
Wind energy generated 47% of electricity in Denmark in 2019.
It is planned to build two centers with a capacity of 2 GW each, one in the North Sea, the other in the Baltic. An artificial island will be created in the North Sea. The country's Ministry of Energy also stated that the capacity of this project could be increased over time to 10 GW.
The islands will become centers for the operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms located nearby.
The center in the Baltic Sea will be based on the existing island of Bornholm. This project was promoted by the Danish energy company Orsted.
The Ministry of Finance claims that the energy islands provide more efficient use of offshore wind resources off the coast and reduce the need for new land-based wind farms.
Both centers and the offshore wind farms surrounding them should be set up by 2030.
In accordance with the Danish “Energy Agreement” 100% of electricity consumption should be based on renewable energy sources by 2030.
The current capacity of Danish offshore wind energy is 1.7 GW.
The Danish potential for developing offshore wind energy far exceeds the country's energy needs.
Earlier it was reported that an offshore wind farm with a capacity of 700 MW will be built in Lithuania.
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