Wind power breaks records in Denmark

The figures were released by danskenergi.dk, the Danish energy organization that supports the production and distribution of renewable energy, with 99.99% coverage at competitive prices.

A new record.

Wind turbines supplied power equivalent to 43.6% of Denmark’s electricity consumption in 2017. This is a new record thanks to the effort to transition the country’s electricity supply system to carbon neutrality.

The year 2017 ended with a stormy December, the year totaled a production of around 14,700 GWh. Thus, 2017 was a banner year for wind power in Denmark. There was a drop in 2016, but now the trend is clear again:

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Lars Aagaard, CEO of Dansk Energi, underlines that “it is very important to use the combination of this incredible wind resource and the ability to provide an incredibly stable source of energy. Electricity must replace gasoline, oil and gas“, He says.

Fewer and fewer turbines.

Although wind turbines provide an increasing share of the Danish electricity supply, this does not mean that the number of wind turbines is increasing. On the contrary, there are 20% fewer wind turbines in Denmark today than in 2001, when the number of wind turbines peaked. In 2017, around 6,100 wind turbines were in service, according to the Danish Energy Authority.

Turbines have become bigger and more efficient. In addition, the majority of Danish offshore wind turbines have been installed since 2001. Overall, capacity in Denmark has more than doubled since 2001, with a current wind capacity of 5.3 GW installed on land and at sea.

By 2020, wind power is expected to reach 50% of the country’s electricity consumption. In total, renewable energies, including solar and sustainable biomass, will cover 80% of electricity consumption in Denmark.

To get an idea of ​​how this is possible, take a look at the current state of energy production and distribution in Denmark:

Image: Energinet.dk

Note the immense amount of energy exchanged between neighboring countries. Denmark occupies a unique position in this regard. And remember that when storage is deployed over the years, the use of transmission lines can easily double.