Denmark, Germany partner to build Bornholm Energy Island capacity

The governments of Germany and Denmark have agreed to enhance the capacity of Bornholm Energy Island, an offshore wind hub in the Danish part of the Baltic Sea. As per the agreement, a 470 km underwater cable will be used to transmit renewable energy from the energy island via an increase in capacity from 2 GW to 3 GW.

Bornholm Energy Island will increase electricity trade between the two countries while supplying enough clean energy to run almost 4.5 million homes in Germany. The action is anticipated to lessen their energy dependence on Russia. The offshore wind hub will be built jointly by Denmark and Germany, who will share as much of the costs and benefits as possible. Additionally, the two countries will collaborate on potential connections to the energy island, which is expected to go online in 2030.

In March 2022, the German Federal Network Agency awarded RWE two onshore wind projects in an onshore wind power infrastructure auction. The Grevenbroich wind farm in North Rhine-Westphalia has a total installed capacity of 45 MW, whereas the Bartelsdorf 2 project is in Lower Saxony. The Grevenbroich wind farm would have a total installed capacity of 17.1 MW, and construction is planned to start in the second quarter of 2022. The plant, which would be equipped with three 5.7 MW Nordex turbines, is projected to be operational by the end of 2022.