Even though Ørsted still sees floating offshore wind "complementary" to the fixed-bottom variety, the Danish power company now has plans for the emerging technology after last week's announcement to bid in Norway's coming tender.
North Sea Link, the 1,400-MW interconnector between Norway and its plentiful hydroelectric reserves and the UK's massive offshore wind capacity, starts testing today. Full commissioning is expected ahead of this winter.
The gigawatt-class offshore wind area bordering the Danish North Sea where Ørsted is making a bid in a new consortium, can possibly be connected to other countries, says regional head. However, he doesn't comment whether a potential solution will be tied to the forthcoming energy island around 100 kilometers away.
In the wake of several big legal and corporate governance developments, not least the recent Dutch verdict on Shell and the shake-up to Exxon's board, a group of activists are suing the Polish state, Europe's staunchest coal defender and climate laggard.
The Danish renewables company has already attempted to develop floating solar but was halted by insufficient legislation. Now, after Denmark presented a new network regulation including floating PV in its so-called open-door ordinance last week, European Energy is ready to submit further establishment applications.
The utility's acquisition of onshore wind business in the UK and Ireland is now complete. The company mulls additional expansion in Europe and Asia, although its main focus is to build upon its surprising success.
A new research project backed by sector lobbies Wind Denmark and Danish Energy seeks to improve conditions for the co-existence of wind turbines, solar panels and nature, thereby ensuring both biodiversity and more green energy.
The gas pipeline planned to traverse Denmark will likely not face a long delay. Should the timetable nonetheless lapse, it will result in more Russian gas flowing into the Scandinavian country, says energy planning professor.
Case processing of a new permit for cable project owner Energinet could take up to 32 weeks solely for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. Vattenfall does inform, though, that construction work on the nearshore development will continue as planned.
The Danish utility acknowledges that it might end up being the largest green energy player, but multiplying its solar capacity, consideration given to birdlife as well as a new technology recalling fond memories of times past will ensure Ørsted's sustained forerunner status.
CEO Mads Nipper ups the utility's goal to a quadrupling of the installed capacity to 50 GW by 2030. The market leadership position in offshore wind is set to be supplemented by a spot among the top ten onshore players.