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‘Denmark approves plan for energy island in North Sea’

  • Category
    Environment
  • Published
    9th Feb, 2021

The Danish government has reportedly approved plans for the construction of the first artificial “energy island” in the North Sea.

Context

The Danish government has reportedly approved plans for the construction of the first artificial “energy island” in the North Sea.

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What the energy island?

  • The island would act as a hub for offshore wind development, built 80km off the coast of Denmark in the North Sea. 
  • The island covers an area of 120,000m², equivalent to 18 football fields.
  • Once completed, it would store and supply energy to power nearly three million European households.
  • It would also supply green hydrogen for shipping, aviation, industry and heavy transport sectors.

Impact of the development

  • The latest move comes as the European Union announced transformation of its electricity system to mostly rely on renewable energy within ten years.
  • It will also increase its offshore wind energy capacity approximately by 25 times before 2050.
  • The project is part of Denmark’s target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030 from 1990 levels
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