Denmark gives green light to construct 'energy island' hub in the North Sea

by John Shepherd
The Danish government will be the hub's majority owner. Image: Danish Energy Agency
Denmark has given the green light to plans to build an artificial ‘energy island' hub in the North Sea, to produce, store and distribute renewable power that will eventually cater for around 10 million European homes.

The hub, which will include "utility-scale battery storage” and have an initial 3GW of wind generating capacity harvested from surrounding turbines, will be built 80km offshore the Jutland peninsula.

Denmark’s government will be the majority owner of the hub, which is expected to comprise a total area of between 120,000 and 460,000 square metres, in partnership with one or more private shareholders.

A spokesperson for Denmark’s minister for climate, energy and utilities, Dan Jørgensen, told World Battery News discussions about battery technology and other technical aspects of the project would form part of future negotiations with development partners.

'Global green transition'

Jørgensen said: "This is truly a great moment for Denmark and for the global green transition. This decision marks the start of a new era of sustainable energy production in Denmark and the world and it links very ambitious climate goals with growth and green jobs.”

"It will make a big contribution to the realisation of the enormous potential for European offshore wind, and I am excited for our future collaboration with other European countries.”

The Danish Energy Agency said the hub will be the largest construction project in the history of Denmark. The total cost of constructing the island, building an eventual wind farms capacity of 10GW and deploying the necessary infrastructure will be around DKK 210bn (about £25bn).

The scale and number of wind turbines to be deployed as part of the project could amount to between 200-600 turbines.

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