The Danish wind turbine industry is one of the world’s largest – accounting for up to 38% of the world’s market share. In June 2020, following more and more countries looking to build a greener future, Denmark revealed plans to build one of the world’s first offshore energy islands. Curious? We have researched what the island could look like, it’s global strategy, and potential location.
Backed by Denmark’s politicians, the energy island is expected to be 120,000sq m with room for 200 offshore wind turbines. As part of the country’s Climate Act, the island will serve around 3 million households with sustainable, renewable sources of energy. The move is radical but looks set to help Denmark on its mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% in 2033 and its goal of becoming CO2 neutral by 2050. Partly owned by the state and partly held by private investors, the island amounts to a whopping £24bn with added maintenance costs on a regular basis. It is for this reason, as well as the amount of infrastructure needed, that the island is only expected to be completed by 2033. The announcement has been heralded as positive news across the country with Denmark’s Energy Minister, Dan Jorgensen, hinting at the far-reaching effects the island will have on the wind turbine industry. “It’s the next big step for the Danish wind turbine industry. We were leading on land, then we took the step offshore and now we are taking the step with energy islands, so it’ll keep the Danish industry in a pioneering position.” The island is to be built in the North Sea, approximately 80km from the town of Thorsminde. In close proximity to countries such as Germany, Switzerland, and England the energy island could not only provide renewable energy sources to Denmark but also to its neighbouring countries, thus providing good reason for its selected location. It is part of a much larger global strategy to help implement greener energy practices and Denmark seems to be one of the world’s leading pioneers.
However, though many are positive about the announcement, there is scepticism about the expected completion date. Dansk Energy, a famous green group in Denmark, heralded the move as a significant step towards a greener future but warned that 2033 was unlikely to be the completion date. Despite this, Danish politicians have given the project the go-ahead and the project is starting to become a reality.