Wind Energy

The Danish offshore industry is busy shifting over from oil and gas to offshore wind. Ten thousand wind turbines are planned to be installed in the North Sea in the years ahead.

Esbjerg has been the centre of the Danish offshore industry since the extraction of oil and gas from the North Sea started more than 40 years ago. But in the last decade, a new offshore activity has become evident at the harbour in Esbjerg: wind energy.

In recent years, Esbjerg has adopted a new role and has developed into Europe’s leading port for shipping offshore wind turbines. The port has accounted for two thirds of the 3 Gigawatts of offshore wind power so far installed in Europe. 65 percent of all Danish wind turbines have been shipped from Esbjerg, which has also been used to ship components to a number of offshore wind farms including the UK’s Lincs, Gunfleet Sands and London Array.

The port of Esbjerg is well-positioned in relation to Denmark’s wind energy industry companies, most of which are concentrated in the western and southwestern region of the country. In recent years, some of the many local offshore companies and energy companies have succeeded in putting their know-how to use in the offshore wind industry, while continuing their oil and gas activities.

An Ocean of Wind Turbines

Denmark to construct artificial island as a wind energy hub

The construction project, believed to be the biggest in Danish history, will link hundreds of wind turbines to deliver enough electricity for millions of households. Denmark approved plans on Thursday to construct an artificial island in the North Sea and use it as clean energy hub.

When built, the island will supply both clean power to homes and green hydrogen for use in shipping, aviation, industry and heavy transport.

The decision came as the EU unveiled plans to transform the bloc’s electricity supply. The bloc aims to rely mostly on renewable energy within a decade while increasing offshore wind energy capacity roughly 25-fold by mid-century.

Denmark to construct artificial island as a wind energy hub