The Danish Energy Agency has announced it will begin construction on a 120,000 square meter artificial island in the North Sea that will act as an energy hub. The artificial island will be constructed 80 kilometres from the shore of the peninsula Jutland.
The energy hub will serve as an offshore power plant gathering and distributing green electricity from hundreds of wind turbines surrounding the island directly to consumers in countries surrounding the North Sea.
Freshly approved by the Danish parliament, a new artificial island surrounded by 200 wind turbines to be built in the North Sea. https://t.co/TQArF2gFLT
— Christian Toennesen (@DrToennesen) February 4, 2021
The Danish Energy Agency expects the artificial island to provide at least 3 million European households with green energy during the project’s first phase, which will make use of around 200 offshore wind turbines.
Along with producing green energy for European households, the power gathered and stored on the artificial island can potentially be used to produce climate-friendly fuels for shipping, aviation, heavy industries or heavy-duty vehicles, according to the Danish Energy Agency.
According to the Danish Minister for Climate, Dan Jørgensen, “The energy hub in the North Sea will be the largest construction project in Danish history. It will make a big contribution to the realization of the enormous potential for European offshore wind, and I am excited for our future collaboration with other European countries.”
The project is rumoured to cost around $34 billion to complete and is expected to go into operation in 2033, according to Reuters.
Picture: Danish Energy Agency