A study commissioned by Denmark’s energy agency has found ‘good locations’ for sufficient offshore wind capacity to deliver more power than is currently consumed in the country.
The study found sites for 12.4 GW of offshore wind capacity and suggests there is theoretical capacity for 40 GW more offshore wind off the country’s coasts.
Energy, supply and climate minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said, “the survey shows that we have the potential for much more offshore wind.
“We have such good conditions for offshore wind that we can contribute significantly to cover our need for green electricity – not just in Denmark, but also in many other countries,” the minister said.
Under the terms of Denmark’s Energy Agreement of 2018, the parties in the Folketing, Denmark’s parliament, decided to construct three new offshore windfarms by 2030.
The first of these, Thor is due to come online between 2024 and 2027, and will be built not in the Baltic, but in the North Sea. Each of the offshore windfarms to be built under the agreement will be at least 800 MW in capacity.
The study suggests that the North Sea has huge potential for more Danish offshore wind.
“The North Sea must be developed into a leading area for offshore wind, for windfarms that do not require state support,” said the minister.
“Overall, the screening process in the study has identified an offshore wind area which could accommodate a minimum of 40 GW of offshore wind. Of this area, 12.4 GW has been designated, which corresponds to 12-15 new offshore windfarms, depending on their size.”
The minister said that the areas designated in the study are approximately four times larger than would be ultimately be required for 12.4 GW of offshore wind and will enable government to select the most appropriate sites from an environmental point of view.