Denmark plans to build artificial islands with wind farms

by Kelvin
Denmark plans to build artificial islands with wind farms

Denmark announced the proposal to build two large islands that will house wind farms. According to the country’s government, the project could increase Europe’s wind capacity by 54%.

The wind turbines will be installed on the existing Baltic island of Bornholm, and on a second island built on an artificial structure. Initially, they will be able to produce 4 GW of renewable energy and that number will increase to up to 12 GW upon completion.

  

At first, the construction of the artificial islands and the installation of the wind turbines will cost around 37 billion euros. However, the investment in this technology will also be able to be used for the production of hydrogen.

In an interview with Financial Times, Climate Minister Dan Jorgenson revealed that the project will be financed through public-private partnerships. In this way, private investors will be responsible for providing most of the value.

Awaiting the parliamentary vote, the bill only reflects the Danish tradition of investing in clean energy sources. In addition to being the headquarters of the main wind energy companies, the country built the world’s first offshore wind farm in 1991.

Coronavirus and combating climate change

Even with the impact of the coronavirus, Jorgenson recently announced a package aimed at reducing the country’s emissions by 70% within a decade. According to the Danish minister, despite the pandemic, they cannot ignore climate change.

“We are in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis, but that does not mean that the problem of climate change has diminished. We are also facing a climate crisis,” he declared. “In fact, it shows that we are all in the hands of nature.”

For the renewable energy sector, the construction of wind islands is excellent news. Due to covid-19, the International Energy Agency reported that the deployment of projects from renewable sources in 2020 will be a third lower than in 2019.