Denmark blows away world wind power record in 2015
Last year Denmark produced 42 per cent of its electricity from wind turbines, the highest percentage ever recorded anywhere in the world.
This follows another record-breaking year in 2014, when the country provided 39 per cent of its electricity consumption from wind power.
Although winds were particularly strong in Denmark during 2015, the record-breaking figure was achieved with two major windfarms out of action. If Anholt and Horns Rev 2 had been operational, it is estimated that the figure would have been 1.5 per cent higher.
2nd September 2015 saw Denmark meet all its electricity needs from a combination of wind and solar power, local combined heat and power plants, and imports from abroad; no central power stations needed to be activated. On one day in July, Denmark generated 140 per cent of its power needs and exported the excess to neighbouring nations such as Sweden, Norway and Germany.
Kristian Ruby, Chief Policy Officer for the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), said the figures showed that it was now possible for wind integration to be the backbone of electricity systems in advanced countries. EWEA also called for a renewed focus on integrating large amounts of electricity into European power systems.
Denmark aims to produce 50 per cent of its electricity from wind power by 2050 and looks likely to meet this target ahead of time. In 2010 the country produced 22 per cent of its electricity from wind power, a figure that has almost doubled in the last five years despite rising demand.
Published by Grden Jobs Online - 20th January 2016