Denmark's $34 Billion Green Energy Island


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Denmark's $34 Billion Green Energy Island



If 34 billion dollars in capital investment would provide for the energy needs of 6 million people almost pollutant free, would you do it? That’s the question Denmark – population a touch under that 6 million – is currently answering with a resounding yes.

Green energy, as we all know, is looking likely to be one of the keys to humanity’s future. If it’s successful, it will represent a societal change with implications for the whole planet. While recycling your bottles and not leaving your TV on standby still has its place, it’s becoming increasingly clear that bigger sweeping changes are needed to redress the climate crisis.

In fact, there have already been some mammoth projects in this area. China’s Tengger Desert solar park covers 16 square miles. South Korea uses an area of a similar size to produce energy from waves, having built an artificial wall to create tidal-power generating Sihwa Lake. The UK powers around 600,000 homes with a single large wind farm off its west coast, and Canada is set to open the world’s biggest green hydrogen plant.
Denmark, though, will be taking things one step further, producing an entire offshore island with the sole aim of making a ginormous step in the country’s drive towards green energy.

Denmark’s $34 Billion Green-Energy Island

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  1. Not that well researched. Denmark has been importing waste to fuel their waste burning facility for a long time. So why we are referred to the Swedes, I don't know.

    Also hydrogen is extremely reactive. Using it on aircraft is an exceptionally bad idea.

  2. I believe humanity is at its best when undertaking significant endeavours. The transition to renewables and carbon neutrality offers us such an endeavour – a race into a sustainable future. So much more productive than keeping the fossil fuel industry on life support, or continuing the current arms race and associated military industry.

  3. By the time it's done the technology will be so different, all you see in the video will end up in a landfill in some 3rd world nation (so as not to dirty Denmark)

  4. You seem to have omitted the fact that Denmark's green energy generation is already linked to that of the UK and Norway and that these 3 countries dwarf others in GENUINE sustained production. 2 of the 3 are not in the EU.
    Perhaps you are making the very common error of confusing Europe with the EU.

  5. "The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that .. the threat of global warming.. would fit the bill…. the real enemy, then, is humanity itself….we believe humanity requires a common motivation, namely a common adversary in order to realize world government. It does not matter if this common enemy is a real one or….one invented for the purpose.”
    – Club of Rome,
    premier environmental think-tank,
    consultants to the United Nations

  6. That's a little under $6k per person. If the average person spends $100 per month, or $1,200 on electricity, it would be a great investment (over 20%, depending on the useful life). But even if the average person spends only $50, it's still not a bad return (around 9%).

  7. I believe in the Danish and have full fate in their work. When I was in Uni days in Canada, the Danish invested 2 billion dollars in researching cholesterol free egg… and basically shaped the egg future now that I eat at home.

  8. I course I want to see this stuff where I am
    Do you know how stupidly underused green energy is in America?

    You likely do cause we currently seem to be the laughingstock of the entire world that just waddles around like a pigeon screaming “I am great” the whole time

  9. NO way in hell would I support such grand stupidity. How can on believe that using all our land mass, much of our water mass be "wonderful" for our world? I live in an area of the U.S.A. that has many wind farms and they destroy the landscape…NO THANK YOU. Followed to it's logical conclusion, it is a complete disaster.