Denmark has taken a big step in the green transition and has agreed to build the world's first wind energy hub as an artificial island in the North Sea.
The 120,000-m² (12 hectares) clean energy island will cost $34 billion to build, will be located 80 km (50 miles) off the coast of Denmark, and will provide energy to several European nations.
The ambitious plan aims to be completed by 2033, and will initially supply three gigawatts of electricity, the equivalent to three million households (eventually going up to 10 GW), moving Denmark towards its 2050 climate neutrality goal.
What the island energy hub will do
The Danish Energy Agency announced the news on Thursday, February 4, detailing the project's plans. The main goal will be to use the renewable energy gathered from the wind to fuel planes, ships, trucks, and more.
The energy will be gathered thanks to the initial 200 wind turbines at sea, more of which will be added in the future. The hub will gather this energy and distribute it between the countries on its electricity grid.
"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," said the Danish Minister for Climate, Dan Jørgensen.
Building an offshore artificial island offers huge opportunities for future expansion, which could include harbors and storage facilities.
Capturing offshore wind power offers big opportunities for sustainable energy, and Denmark's artificial energy island is an exciting opportunity for renewables to take a big step forward in the E.U.