Denmark plans new energy islands to help Europe wean off Russian fossil fuels

Denmark says it will speed up the plans to build artificial islands to harness offshore wind powerin order to reduce the European Union’s dependence on Russian energy, and estimates that it can create 35 GW of energy from these projects.

The Danish government has started preparing for the development of new energy islands with the aim of securing the country’s and Europe’s independence from Russian fossil fuels.

According to the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has left the European Union in a new geopolitical situation and the need for sustainable solutions and more renewable energy is greater. urgent than ever.

Denmark is said to hold some of the keys to securing Europe’s energy independence from Russia.

In a new proposal, the Danish government aims to exploit the full potential of offshore wind energy and accelerate the production of renewable energy on land to ensure the independence of Denmark and Europe from fossil fuels. Russian fossils, according to the ministry.

Denmark and Europe must free themselves of Russian fossil fuels as quickly as possible.

To achieve this, Denmark will accelerate its green transition by massively increasing the deployment of much more renewable energy, both on land and at sea. The North Sea has the wind potential to meet the energy needs of millions of households. Europeans. This great offshore wind potential needs to be exploited and therefore the Danish government is starting to prepare additional energy islands in addition to those already planned.

Dan Jørgensen, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities.

Denmark wants Harnessing the full potential of offshore wind to create green energy for Europe.

A provisional estimate shows a initial demand of at least 35 GW of offshore wind energy from Danish parts of the North Sea. That’s about the same amount of offshore wind power that was installed globally in 2020, the ministry said.

Denmark is already planning to build the world’s first energy island in the North Sea. With a maximum capacity of 10 GW, the center will be able to supply 10 million European households with clean energy from the surrounding wind farms.

On the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, another energy center with a capacity of 2 GW will be created.

Denmark also plans to increase and advance renewable gas production, as well as contribute natural gas from the North Sea, to accelerate Europe’s energy independence from Russia.

Within the European Union, the country will promote greater targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to the ministry.

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