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QUIZ: How much do you know about wind power?

How much do you know about one of Denmark's leading energy sources?

QUIZ: How much do you know about wind power?
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Denmark’s use of wind power technology makes it a leader in sustainability and efficient energy use in cities, says an industry analysis.

Green comparison service provider Greenmatch, which promotes green living and energy savings through renewable technologies, has created an interactive map that highlights projects and initiatives in various cities, as well as their goals to help the environment, with Copenhagen included in the ranking.

Greenmatch's map provides information using recent reports by Arcadis’s Sustainable Cities Index and Huawei’s Smartest UK Cities, as well as environmental goals planned by the individual cities.

See the map at: greenmatch.co.uk

“Wind power is one of the leading renewable energy sources and has gained considerable attraction from countries around the world. For the past few decades, Europe has led the world in its innovations and advocacy towards wind power, covering 10.4 percent of the EU's electricity demand.

“Renewable energy sources like wind power have helped cities extract clean energy and optimise usage to assist in the development of smart cities. These smart cities will help navigate further towards providing sustainable communities for residents in populated cities and alleviate common issues from urbanisation,” Alexander Velazquez-Guzman, communications assistant with Greenmatch, told The Local.

Wind farms play a prominent role in Denmark’s effort to achieve carbon neutral status.

By 2030, Denmark aims to draw 50 percent of its power from wind turbines on its way to a target of becoming fully independent of fossil fuels by 2050.

On February 22nd this year, Copenhagen took 97 Gigawatts-hours (GWh) from offshore and onshore wind farms – the power capacity of up to 10 million average US households, writes Greenmatch. 

In order to achieve environmental aims through wind power, suppliers and manufacturers in Denmark continue to innovate efficient wind power farms and turbines. Earlier this year, the Danish government approved the testing of wind turbines 330 metres tall –  higher than the Eiffel Tower.

In March, Denmark, along with Germany and the Netherlands, revealed plans to build a giant artificial island in the middle of the North Sea where wind farms would create power for 80 million people.

READ ALSO: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands want to create ‘artificial power island'

In 2014, wind power farms were reported to have supplied 40 percent of Denmark's current electricity consumption

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Denmark and Baltic countries plan ‘seven times more’ offshore wind energy

Denmark and other nations bordering the Baltic Sea will announce on Tuesday a plan to dramatically boost offshore wind energy by 2030. 

Denmark and Baltic countries plan 'seven times more' offshore wind energy

Today, just under 3 gigawatts are generated in the Baltic Sea, about half of which is Danish energy. An additional 1,100 to 1,700 offshore wind turbines will be needed to bring the total energy capacity to nearly 20 gigawatts in 2030.

A joint agreement to reach these levels in coming years is to be announced by participating countries on Tuesday, according to newspaper Politiken.

The newspaper reports a draft declaration it has seen in relation to the agreement, which will be presented at a summit at the Danish prime minister’s residence, Marienborg, north of Copenhagen on Tuesday.

READ ALSO: Denmark keen to join with Baltic countries on wind energy

Should the amount of additional energy reported by Politiken be produced, as many as 22 to 30 million households could see their energy needs covered by wind power.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen talked up the importance of wind power in comments to Politiken.

“The war in Ukraine and climate change are being met with now. We have two crises on the table at the same time. We need to speed up green energy conversion and we need to free ourselves from Russian fossil fuels,” she said.

Frederiksen is participating in the summit on behalf of Denmark. Senior officials and leaders and from Germany, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and the EU Commission will also attend.

The summit was earlier scheduled to take place on Denmark’s Baltic island Bornholm but was moved due to a strike at Bornholm’s airport, which was not resolved until late on Monday.

A total of 2.8 gigawatts of wind power are currently produced in the Baltic Sea according to the Danish energy ministry.

Potentially, that could be increased to 93 gigawatts by 2050, an EU Commission assessment has found.

Earlier this year, Frederiksen hosted a green energy summit in western Danish city Esbjerg, at which the government signed an agreement with Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany for a ten-fold increase of offshore wind power capacity in the North Sea to 150 gigawatts by 2050.

On Monday, the Danish parliament voted through plans to increase production wind energy at a wind turbine park off Bornholm from 2 to 3 gigawatts. The facility will be connected to Germany.

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