The development of massive gigawatt-scale energy islands in the North Sea and Baltic Sea have moved a step closer to becoming a reality after European transmission system operators announced they had signed two key agreements. Denmark is planning two separate offshore wind-based energy islands, the first of which would start out as a 2GW artificial island in the North Sea with room to expand to 10GW. A second would also start out at 2GW, this time located on the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm. But for these energy islands to reach their full potential in helping to decarbonise Europe’s electricity generation sector, a meshed grid of connected countries is vital to transport energy from the offshore wind islands to consumers. Two new cooperation agreements were signed this week, one between Danish national transmission system operator (TSO) Energinet and Belgian TSO Elia, and the second between Energinet and German TSO 50Hertz. The agreement between Energinet and Elia moves forward the possibility of an interconnector between a Danish energy island in the North Sea the Belgian grid.
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