Manmade Island in the North Sea Could Supply Renewable Energy to 80 Million People in Europe By 2050

By: | March 28th, 2017

To meet CO2 emission targets, European countries are planning to create a giant artificial island in the North Sea to power Europe with renewable energy.

The plan is proposed by energy companies of Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands, including Energinet.

This artificial power island is expected to supply renewable energy to 80 million people in Europe by 2050. They plan to install solar panels and wind turbines across Dogger Bank. Summer months will bring more solar energy while winter months will bring more wind energy.

Dogger Bank provides an ideal location for this project as it had “optimal wind conditions” and is “centrally located and in relatively shallow water.”

Here are some of its features:

  • The island will have roads, workshops, trees, a park, and an artificial lake with a beach.
  • It will also house a small team of permanent staff.
  • If approved, this offshore power plant would be completed by 2050.
  • This artificial island will cover an area of about 2.5 square miles (6.5 square km).
  • This amazing island will have its own airstrip and a sea port capable of accommodating tankers, a control tower, and terminal.
  • The project will cost over £1.1 billion ($1.3 billion)
  • This project will power homes in Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway, and Belgium

Torben Glar Nielsen, Energinet’s technical director, said, “Maybe it sounds a bit crazy and science fiction-like but an island on Dogger Bank could make the wind power of the future a lot cheaper and more effective.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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