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Artificial North Sea island will provide vast new supply of renewable energy

Artificial North Sea island will provide vast new supply of renewable energyA vast artificial island is to be built at Dogger Bank in the North Sea complete with a harbour, airstrip and homes to help provide a vast new supply of renewable energy, under plans drawn up by two companies with the blessing of the European Union, The Independent said on Friday.

The North Sea Wind Power Hub would act as a hub for offshore wind turbines and a new place to put solar panels, according to the German and Dutch arms of electricity firm TenneT and Danish company Energinet.

The three firms will sign a deal creating a consortium to develop the plan further in Brussels on 23 March in the presence of European Energy Union Commissioner, Maos Sefcovic.

Torben Glar Nielsen, Energinet’s Danish 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.”

It is thought the island — or possibly islands — could act as a hub for thousands of new wind turbines, which would eventually generate green electricity for more than 80 million people.

Under the proposals, the island would be connected by electricity cables to the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Belgium.

Mel Kroon, TenneT’s chief executive, said: “This project can significantly contribute to a completely renewable supply of electricity in Northwest Europe. TenneT and Energinet.dk both have extensive experience in the fields of onshore grids, the connection of offshore wind energy and cross-border connections."

In a statement, Energinet said European targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions meant that major new sources of solar and wind energy were required.

“Wind and solar energy complement each other: there is more sun from spring to autumn, and more wind in the colder and darker months of the year,” it said.

“So a sustainable and stable energy system for the future will need solar and wind energy, both on a large scale," it added.

The company said Dogger Bank was an ideal location for an artificial island as it was “centrally located and in relatively shallow water” and also had “optimal wind conditions”.

“Staff, components and assembly workshops can be stationed on the island, thus optimising and simplifying complex offshore logistics,” it said.
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