12 percent of Danish wind energy to be produced by giant new offshore farm

49 wind turbines spinning away 25 kilometres off Denmark’s west coast are to produce 12 per cent of the country’s wind power.

12 percent of Danish wind energy to be produced by giant new offshore farm
Horns Rev 3. File photo: Henning Bagger / Ritzau Scanpix

The wind farm, Horns Rev 3, was inaugurated Thursday afternoon at the harbour in Hvide Sande, seven years after parliament voted in favour of the turbines, writes

It is the largest of its kind in the country and will play a key role in Denmark’s goal to have half its electricity produced by wind power by 2020.

Crown Prince Frederik (centre) inaugurated the Horns Rev 3 wind farm, while PM Mette Frederiksen and local schoolchildren were also among those present on Thursday. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Director Tine Roed of the Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri, DI) called Horns Rev 3 an “outstanding achievement within wind power development”.

“The turbines are constantly getting bigger and more efficient. Companies are getting better at manufacturing and installing the turbines, and the price is falling,” Roed said.

The new plant also represents a step forward in wind turbine technology.

The turbines, produced by Danish company Vestas, are double the size of the turbines that used at the offshore wind farm off Anholt, in operation since 2013. Meanwhile, the price of the new turbines is 32 per cent lower, DI Business reports.

This means that wind turbines can now compete with essentially all other forms of new electricity production, which contributes to reducing carbon emissions.

The 187-metre tall wind turbines will provide year-round electricity for about 425,000 households.

“We are well on our way to eradicating the environmental impact of our electricity sector. In the future, we must become better at utilising green power elsewhere – for example when driving cars and heating houses,” Roed said.

“Danish wind turbines are a highly demanded export good, but the competition is tough. It is therefore essential that the sector has a domestic market that supports the development and testing of wind turbines,” the DI director added.

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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.

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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.