The artificial island, which will be the size of 18 football fields, is going to be linked to hundreds of offshore wind turbines and will supply both power to households and green hydrogen for use in shipping, aviation, industry and heavy transport, connecting to several European countries.
The development took place came when European Union revealed plans to transform its electricity system to rely mostly on renewable energy within a decade and increase its offshore wind energy capacity 25-fold by 2050.
“This is truly a great moment for Denmark and for the global green transition,” Danish Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen told a press briefing on Thursday, as quoted by DW. The energy hub in the North Sea will be the largest construction project in Danish history. “[The island] will make a big contribution to the realisation of the enormous potential for European offshore wind,” he said.
The island, which will cost around 210 billion Danish kroner ($33.9bn) to build, is a crucial part of Denmark’s legally binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels, one of the world’s most ambitious.