Wind energy is something Denmark has always championed. Back in the 1970’s, it was the Danes who pioneered commercial wind power and today a fifth of all the nation’s energy comes from this renewable resource.
With wind energy now the cornerstone of the nation’s future Green Energy plan to become fossil fuel free by 2050, the Danes are again pioneering the way ahead. This time with offshore wind farms and is at the forefront of this emerging technology.
In close partnership with their regional neighbours, Sweden and Germany, the Kriegers Flak area in the Baltic Sea, has been chosen as the first place in the world to have an offshore electricity grid. The planned 600MW offshore wind farm will act like a ‘Supergrid’, eventually being able to transmit renewable energy through power grids to all three countries.
Nothing like this has been built before and involved in this ground-breaking project are Germany’s Vattenfall Europe Transmission, Sweden’s Svenska Kraftnät and Denmark’s energy security supplier Energinet.dk.
The ‘Supergrid’ would serve three purposes: Bring renewable energy to European consumers, strengthen regional energy markets and increase the security of supply by providing transmission capacity.
Kriegers Flak plans to start operating sometime between 2018 and 2020 and will help more than double Denmark’s wind power energy capacity to 42%. While providing domestic electricity energy demand for over 500,000 homes in the three countries.