The Environment

Denmark has formally decided to construct the world’s first artificial island for the collection and utilization of electrical power from offshore wind farms.

Large-scale offshore wind farms are typically built with substation platforms, which collect up the power and export it to shoreside users via subsea cable. Instead, future wind farm installations in one area off Jutland will be connected to a substation “energy hub” island, according to Denmark’s energy agency.

The new “energy hub” will be an artificially constructed island about 40 nm offshore in the North Sea. It will be owned under a public-private partnership agreement, the terms of which have not yet been finalized. The Danish state will own the majority of the island, but private companies will play a key role in its construction and outfitting. Read on.