Windy days in Denmark

It’s windy in Denmark, which helps explain why Denmark is so skilled at capturing the power of the wind.

The latest windy days in Denmark’s windfarms allowed the country to not only meet its domestic electricity demands but also to export the surplus energy to neighboring countries such as Germany, Norway and Sweden. The production of wind power in Denmark reached 140% of the nation’s energy needs on Friday the 10th of July, and with this, the country could export energy as well.

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The amount of energy the country was able to produce is above the average even for very windy days. This new record was set when the energy demand of the country fell by around 3 o’clock on Friday the 10th of July.

“It shows that a world powered 100% by renewable energy is no fantasy,” Oliver Joy, a spokesman for trade body the European Wind Energy Association, told The Guardian. “Wind energy and renewables can be a solution to decarbonization – and also security of supply at times of high demand.”

World leader in renewable energy, Denmark, which has a population of 5.6 million people, has the goal of producing half of its energy demand from renewable sources by 2020. Another goal is to completely eradicate the use of fossil fuels, not only from domestic energy, but also cars by 2050.

“They have a strong new builds programme with a net gain of 0.5GW in new onshore windfarms due before the end of the decade,” said Kees van der Leun, the chief commercial officer of the Ecofys energy consultancy. “Some 1.5GW from new offshore windfarms will also be built, more than doubling the present capacity. We’re seeing a year-on-year 18% growth in wind electricity, so there really is a lot of momentum.”

You can follow the renewable energy generation in Denmark on the website of the Danish transmission systems operator, energinet.dk. Even in the country’s most recent peak, the wind farms were not operating at it’s 4,8GW full capacity. Approximately three-quarters of the country’s wind power comes from onshore wind farms, which have strong government support.

Source: The Guardian

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