Belgium will build the world's first artificial energy island in the North Sea

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The floating structure will collect and deliver renewable energy from future offshore wind farms located nearby.

The Belgian company Elia will be engaged in the construction of the island named Princess Elizabeth. After completion of the work, it will be launched 45 kilometers from the coast of mainland Europe, write The Major.

Construction of an artificial island. Photo: The Mayor

The project will be the first stage of the creation of one of the largest offshore wind installations in the world, which was launched in May 2022 by Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. The international "green" power plant in the North Sea will have 65 GW of wind capacity by 2030 and 150 GW by 2050.

Princess Elizabeth Island will become the central node of transit of this energy - it will process "green" hydrogen into waves that can be fed into the network. 

Artificial island. Photo: The Mayor

In addition, the floating structure will act as a transit hub for energy between Denmark and the UK, creating an integrated offshore wind network in the region.

According to Belgian Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straten, the appearance of the island is an important step in the transformation of the North Sea into "one big green power plant for the production of renewable energy in the open air".



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