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Spinning in the breeze

Updated Tuesday, 5th October 2010

Professor Godfrey Boyle from The Open University takes us on a tour of the Middelgrunden offshore wind farm in Denmark.

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Well I’m Godfrey Boyle from the Open University’s Energy & Environment Research Unit. We’re here at the COP15 Copenhagen Climate Conference. And as part of the host country’s demonstration of all the wonderful things they’re doing in Denmark they’ve taken us on this guided tour of the Middelgrunden offshore wind farm with as you can see a host of offshore wind turbines all spinning in the breeze and generating electricity for Denmark.

Well we’re standing here in Copenhagen harbour at underneath the tower and the rotor of one of the large offshore wind turbines in the Middelgrunden wind farm which has got about a dozen two megawatt Siemens wind turbines. It was installed in 2001 and it generates a very significant amount of Copenhagen’s electrical energy supplies. It’s partly owned by this large company called DONG Energy which is very committed to renewable energy sources and is aiming to have half of its energy from renewables by 2020. And it’s a very impressive site, not far from the shore in Copenhagen harbour these large turbines with huge concrete foundations. They’re very impressive.

At the moment DONG Energy which is 70% owned by the Danish Government, it’s aiming, at the moment it only has 15% of its electricity comes from renewable sources, but they’re aiming to get to 20% by 2020 and 85% by 2040. So they’ll be reversing the present situation where 15% of energy comes from renewable sources, 85% comes from fossil. And in thirty years that will be exactly the other way around with nearly all of their energy coming from renewables. The Danish Government is very supportive of all this. Denmark’s moving very rapidly towards a renewable future.

 

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