Announced The Danish Energy Agency officially announced its intention to build an artificial island in the North Sea, 80 kilometers from the west coast of Denmark, to cover the electricity needs of three million European families.
This green power center, when completed, is expected to provide 10 gigawatts, roughly the power needs of 10 million households across Europe, with an initial capacity of 3 gigawatts.
The island, which is in its initial phase the size of 18 soccer fields, is linked to hundreds of offshore wind turbines, providing energy for households and green hydrogen for use in shipping, aviation, industry and heavy transport.
The area of the artificial island is about 120,000 square meters, and it receives, stores and transfers energy from wind farms close to the shore.
Reuters reported that the project is likely to cost about 210 billion Danish crowns ($ 33.87 billion), and is expected to start operating by 2033.
It is hoped the island will house a green fuel plant that could then be sent to Denmark, officials add.
This is likely an extension of the Danish plan to use surplus wind power to run the electrolyzer to extract hydrogen from seawater without any CO2 emissions.
Denmark, one of the largest oil producers in the European Union, expects to use the island to help revamp its energy industry.
The nation previously said it would stop extracting fossil fuels entirely by 2050, and stopped bidding for companies to explore in the future.
Denmark has been at the forefront of the curve when producing renewable energy from wind, especially thanks to its geography, as it is located at a favorable point in the North Sea, and water levels around its coast are shallow enough to make building marine turbines easier and cheaper.
The country’s lawmakers have also removed a number of legal barriers that would slow turbine construction, and in 2015 strong winds enabled the country to generate 140 percent of total energy demand, which it then sold to neighboring countries.
By 2019, the country had 6,128MW of generation capacity, providing about half of the total energy demand.
The Scandinavian country has been a pioneer in both onshore and offshore winds, building the world’s first offshore wind farm nearly 30 years ago.
The move came as the European Union unveiled plans to convert the electricity system to predominantly renewable energy within a decade and increase its capacity via offshore wind power 25 times by 2050.