Klimaministeriet takes the first tentative steps towards energy island

The first soundings for an expensive, artificial island to havvindmøllestrøm will be taken after the finance is in place. It caused a stir, as the Grids two y

Klimaministeriet takes the first tentative steps towards energy island

The first soundings for an expensive, artificial island to havvindmøllestrøm will be taken after the finance is in place.

It caused a stir, as the Grids two years ago presented the first ideas to construct a large artificial island on the Dogger bank. The aim was to make a central wind farms, which could be connected to the island.

Now initiates the Climate-, Energy - and Forsyningsministeriet real investigation of whether it is possible to make the energy islands. It happens after the budget is dropped in place. Here was allocated 65 million dollars to start the work.

- There is a huge potential here. We estimate that there may come a capacity of ten gigawatts, today we have nearly 1.7 gigawatts in Denmark. It is a huge project and will supply green power for ourselves and a large part of Europe, says climate, energy and forsyningsminister Dan Jørgensen (S).

the Island, or islands, has been on several politicians ' wish list for a long time. And it is also a part of the government and its støttepartiers forståelsespapir, that the government should "explore the possibility" of constructing a renewable energy island by 2030.

It is estimated that the total project will cost up to € 300 billion. However, it is not the plan, that the state must have the money up pocket, if initial studies are positive.

A final plan will likely need to involve both the private, Denmark and several other european countries.

- We hope to be well underway by 2030, but it is a very ambitious target. Conversely, one must say that we are in the midst of a serious time with climate change, says Dan Jørgensen.

He refuses to come up with an assessment of when the project can be completed.

While Energinets idea was about a six square kilometers large island on the Dogger bank, will the government's feasibility studies, both looking at the possibility in the Kattegat, the Baltic sea and the North sea.

Offshore wind turbines is a crucial part of the plan to make the Danish energy production climate neutral. There are already established offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 1.7 gigawatts. Adopted projects to increase the figure to 5.6 gigawatts.

/ritzau/

Updated Date: 10 December 2019, 02:00

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