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Ørsted wants to make Bornholm a massive energy island

The utility aims to build an energy island in the Baltic Sea by 2030. The plan entails up to 5 GW of offshore wind and points to the benefits of installing a P2X facility.

Germany's Altona offshore wind farm (above) could get a big neighbor, if Ørsted's plan to make Bornholm a major energy island go through. Photo: Eskil Eriksen / Equinor ASA

There has been quite a lot of talk of energy islands in recent months. Clusters of offshore wind turbines, either based around artificial atolls or island in a more figurative sense in the form of steel constructions at sea, joined by substations and other infrastructure for transmitting massive volumes of offshore wind power to the countries surrounding the North Sea.

Now Ørsted is launching a plan to establish such an energy island. However, it's not meant to be placed in the bosom of offshore wind, the North Sea, but rather in the Baltic, where a far more suitable island already exists in the completely natural format of Bornholm.

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