Denmark Runs Entirely on Wind Energy For a Day

Wind farm, Denmark.

Wind farm, Denmark. Credit:CC/CGP Grey

Renewable energy is creating waves globally and many countries are making iconic milestones. On February 22nd, it was reported that Denmark generated enough wind energy with its wind turbines to power the electricity needs of the entire country for a day.

The Scandinavian nation generated 97 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy, due to the windy weather. Onshore wind turbines contributed to 70 GWh, and the balance 27 GWh came from offshore installations. This wind energy was adequate to power 10 million average EU homes. This iconic milestone of energy being generated by a single turbine in a 24-hour period is attributed to the new offshore installation which apparently is boosting the wind power generation.

It is also observed that many other European countries share the same thread of accomplishments.  Europe’s wind energy trade body, Wind Europe’s spokesperson, Oliver Joy, said this was an impressive feat and added that it demonstrated that renewable energy can be a solution to the electricity needs of Europe. It was also shared that in 2016, UK was powered without coal for 12 and a half hours, Germany was powered by renewable for some days, and Portugal went four days on renewable energy. This cohesive data projects the energy transition in Europe.

Wind power generation in Denmark has always been a dominating factor, by the end of 2015, it was reported that the country had over 5GW (3799 MW onshore wind and 1271 offshore wind) worth of wind energy installed. In 2016, wind turbines in Denmark generated around 37.6% of the country’s total electricity consumption. The year 2017 has already started with an impressive hallmark with the MHI Vestas Offshore testing the new 9MW wind turbine.

Meanwhile, Scotland have been investing significantly in renewable energy with wind turbines, which is reported to have the capacity to power every household for a period of a month. Costa Rica was also able to run entirely for months on renewable energy. It is also reported that the country powered 99% of its total energy needs from renewable sources.

Approximately £27.5bn was reported to have been invested in wind energy, of which £18bn went towards off-shore development. Oliver Joy reiterated that if the country was looking for something cheap, reliable, and competitive, there was no alternative to wind. While wind turbines are critiqued by a few as a risk to flying birds, it is the renewable energy analysis, and the recent standalone wind energy feat that is making waves at present.

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