Denmark is planning to set up two energy islands that can supply renewable energy produced by offshore sources to the domestic market of Denmark and other European countries. Denmark will build the first island in the North Sea to serve offshore wind turbines with a 3 GW initial serving facility. The capacity will be increased to 10 GW. The turbines in the wind farms will be larger than the ones currently in use. The second Denmark energy island will be built in the Baltic Sea’s Bornholm islands, with a serving capacity of 2 GW and wind farms will be situated 20 km from the island.
Reportedly, Denmark’s Minister of Climate, Energy, and Utilities, stated that Denmark and the rest of Europe must get rid of Russian fossil fuels. For this, Denmark is ramping up renewable energy projects both on land and at sea. In addition, Energinet, Denmark’s transmission network operator, recently commissioned preliminary seabed studies for the development of energy islands in and around Bornholm and the North Sea. The purpose is to ensure that wind turbines and energy islands are built in regions where construction is easy and environmental impact is minimal.
In January 2022, Encavis AG, an SDAX-listed wind and solar park operator, agreed to purchase two solar parks in Denmark with a combined generation capacity of 105 MWp. Svinningegården, a subsidy-free solar park in Zealand’s northwestern region, has a generation capacity of 34 MWp and is already linked to the grid.
REGlobal’s Views: Denmark’s surrounding seas are ideal for offshore wind development due to the high wind speeds in the region. These massive energy islands will help the country in a big way in meeting its energy requirements.