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    Energy islands, Denmark's revolutionary project to free Europe of Russian gas


    May 16, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Denmark wants to make a splash with the creation of energy islands that will free Europe from Russian gas and serve as an alternative for heating in the cold winter. This was announced by the country's Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Jørgensen.

      "Denmark and Europe must free themselves from Russian fossil fuels as quickly as possible. The EU must become independent as quickly as possible and the best way forward is for European countries to work together to increase and accelerate the construction of renewable energy in the North Sea," the Danish minister said.

      In his view, the North Sea has enough wind energy potential to cover the energy needs of 10 million European households. "This large offshore wind potential must be tapped, and the Danish government is therefore starting preparations to create additional energy islands alongside those already planned," he added.

      This project is considered to be the largest in Denmark's history and is expected to cost approximately $34 billion. Specifically, these energy islands are mega-constructions made up of sets of wind turbines that will be placed on a kind of artificial islands and will allow Denmark to generate much more energy than that produced by other wind farms in the world, according to the BBC.

      This is all part of the goal the country set for itself with its Climate Act in 2019. In it, Copenhagen committed to a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Although it was scheduled for that date, but, following the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Danish government announced that it will seek to accelerate its completion as a European alternative to Russian gas and oil.

      The construction of the first "energy islands" was announced in mid-2020.

      Denmark has more than 400 natural islands, including Greenland, but now the country wants to add other artificial islands for energy purposes. The construction of the first "energy islands" was announced in mid-2020. At the time, the Danish Energy Agency said they would be the first of their kind in the world and sought to exploit the "immense wind resources in the North and Baltic Seas."

      According to official data, almost 49% of the total energy Denmark produces comes from wind sources, while from the International Energy Agency (IEA) believes that about 16% of the country's generation currently depends on Russia (in 2016 it was as high as 34%).

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