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Denmark to build man-made wind island in the North Sea

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The Danish Energy Agency officially announced today that, as expected, he will build an artificial island in the North Sea, 50 miles from the coast of the Jutland peninsula. This green energy hub, when completed, is expected to supply 10 GW, or roughly the energy needs of 10 million homes across Europe. Measuring approximately 120,000 square meters, the artificial island will receive, store and transmit energy from neighboring wind farms to the shore. Reuters reports that the project will likely cost around $ 34 billion and is expected to be operational by 2033.

Officials add that, eventually, it is hoped that the island will be home to a “green fuel” plant that can then be shipped to Denmark. This is likely an extension of the Danish plan to use excess wind power to run an electrolyser extract hydrogen from seawater without any CO2 emissions. And Denmark, which is one of the largest oil producers in the European Union, plans to use this island to help renew its own energy industry. The country has previously said it will stop extracting fossil fuels entirely by 2050 and has already stopped bidding companies for future explorations.

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