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Illustration of possible, artificial energy island in the North Sea
The images in the galley are schematic illustrations of some of the functions that an artificial energy island of 3 GW in the North Sea may be able to accommodate. Please note that the scope, appearance and exact features of the island have not yet been determined. Source: Danish Energy Agency. 
FILM: WHY ARE ENERGY ISLANDS A GOOD IDEA?

What is the idea of energy islands? What do they look like? How can they contribute to Europe's green transition?

Get the answers in this short film from the international consortium, North Sea Wind Power Hub.

Read more about the North Sea Wind Power Hub here.

Energy islands must be connected to several countries
Until now, each country in Europe has developed offshore wind separately. With the energy islands, things are changing. But it takes more than a few days to build an electricity connection between two countries and an energy island.
 
In the video, Energinet's Hanne Storm Edlefsen reveals the good reasons why it takes some time.
Areas in the North Sea
  • The final location of the energy island and the associated areas for offshore wind farms is decided by spring 2021 at the latest.

  • After this, the gross range narrows down to ensure that only the selected locations are subsequently examined. The wind turbines will be at least 60 km. Off the coast at Thorsminde.

  • The energy island in the North Sea must have a capacity of 3 GW when it is completed. In the ' 30s, capacity must rise to 10 GW.

  • The energy island in the North Sea must be connected to Denmark via the West coast of Jutland and to one or more other countries.

  • NB: The maps are illustrations and measures are not exact. 
Areas in the Baltic Sea
  • In the Baltic Sea, Bornholm will function as a physical energy island, while the associated offshore wind farms will be located south and south-west of Bornholm.

  • The wind turbines will be 20 kilometres from the coast south of Rønne. The energy island in the Baltic Sea must have a capacity of 2 GW when it is completed.

  • The energy island  in the Baltic Sea must be connected via an electricity cable to Bornholm, Zealand and one or more other countries than Denmark.

  • NB: The maps are illustrations and measures are not exact.