When fully operational, it will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. The Danish government presents the new national energy plan with the wind power development as a key player.
For the first European wind lobby, wind power will be the main source of energy in the Old Continent in 2030. Too partisan? Probably. However, the wind energy sector is experiencing a new lease of life in Europe. And after the plans of Poland and the new and ambitious goals of Belgium and France, Denmark is also investing in the wind.
The Danish Conservative People’s Party is preparing what will be the country’s largest offshore wind farm. They officially announced it on April 22 as part of the new national energy program which is due to be formalized this week. “We are talking about a very large offshore wind farm that will play a central role for the government to achieve the goal of making at least half of Denmark’s total energy consumption sustainable by 2030”, Said Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish Minister of Energy.
The idea is to build an offshore power plant of 50 to 70 turbines with a total capacity of 800 MW, the largest in the country, at least 50 km from the coast. On its own, it will be able to meet the electricity needs of Denmark’s seven most populous cities. Although the project is far from the most powerful wind power plants in the world, such as the Chinese Gansu Wind Farm (capacity of around 8 GW) or the US Wind Energy Center (1 GW), once fully operational it will also be have the title of largest offshore wind farm in the world. The conditional is necessary, since its entry into operation has not yet been defined with certainty: it is a period that can go from 2024 to 2027 and in which, therefore, other European projects could aspire to the same. balance sheet. By comparison, the London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, has a capacity of 630 MW.
The government has indicated that the tender for the award of the project is not expected before 2021. By then, Copenhagen may also have included a higher proportion of offshore wind in its energy program. It is believed that the new offshore wind farm can be built without public funding, not to mention the associated cost of laying power cables to connect it to the mainland.