The largest construction project in the history of Denmark will be majority owned by the Danish government.
Denmark says it has approved plans to build an artificial island in the North Sea that can generate wind power in at least three million homes.
In June, Parliament adopted a political environmental framework aimed at reducing the country’s CO2 emissions by 70 percent by 2030, including plans for the world’s first “energy hub” on the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea and North Sea.
On Thursday, Parliament approved a plan to put the North Sea Hub on an artificial island with a wind power farm that would initially supply three gigawatts (GW) of electricity.
It could later be increased to 10GW – enough for 10 million homes – according to the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, far more than is needed for Denmark’s population of 5.8 million.
Climate minister Dan Jorgensen said, “Clearly this is too much for Denmark alone and that is why we see it as part of a larger European project.”
Plans also include the use of “electrolysis” to extract hydrogen in the production of renewable fuels for things such as marine transportation.
The island, “the largest construction project in the history of Denmark”, is majority owned by the Danish government in partnership with private companies and costs around 210 billion Danish kronor ($ 34 billion, 28 billion euros).
Instead of a traditional offshore wind power farm, the island will act as an “energy hub” that will allow connections from other countries’ wind power farms and cables to distribute incoming energy efficiently.
According to the ministry, its final size has not yet been decided, but is expected to cover between 120,000 and 460,000 square meters (approximately 1.3 million to five million sq ft).
The total number of wind turbines has not been finalized either, but it is estimated that there is a “previously undiscovered scale” range between 200 and 600 units, while the tip of the blade is up to 260 meters (850 ft) above the sea. It reaches.
While the project is a step in the plan to provide enough energy to electrify Denmark, Jorgensen also said that he hopes the project offers guidance for big countries to transform their societies in the face of climate change Can.
“We know that as a small country, it accounts for only 0.1 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, no matter what climate we actually do in Denmark,”.
“We hope to have a big impact by influencing others.”
The project’s next steps include environmental impact assessments and negotiations with potential investors, so construction is still a few years off.
According to the ministry, initial construction is likely to start around 2026 and will be finished sometime between 2030 and 2033.