The Putin effect: Bornholm Energy Island to increase its output and connect to Germany

Didong Zhao
August 29th, 2022

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The project will more than double Denmark’s offshore output (photo: Kim Hansen)

In response to the energy threat from Russia, there are plans afoot to expand the Bornholm Energy Island from 2 to 3 gigawatts and connect it to Germany.

Doubling of output
It will ensure a large amount of green electricity for Denmark and Germany, as well as for the rest of Europe, and help Europe gain energy independence from Russia. The Danish government, together with various parties, has agreed to the plan and Bornholm Energy Island will commence operations in 2030.

Danish offshore wind power currently produces 2.3 GW of electricity. With the expansion, the Bornholm Energy Island will alone more than double Denmark’s offshore wind power capacity.

Co-operation with Germany
Denmark and Germany have also reached a political agreement regarding the establishment of a cable from Energy Island to Germany. This means that electricity can be transported from the energy island directly to the German grid and then to the rest of Europe.

“The co-operation between Denmark and Germany is a flagship project. With projects like this concluded with our European partners, we achieve two goals at the same time: European energy security and climate neutrality,” said Robert Habeck, the German minister of economics and climate.


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