Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Made in Denmark: Wind Power

Denmark is the dominant player in the off-shore wind turbine market.

BTM Consult estimate by placing wind turbines along the coastline of Europe the capacity of wind turbines installed in the continent could be multiplied by four.

Denmark is also the top consumer of windpower generating over 20% of its electricity from wind turbines. This compares to just 0.5% globally. Spain which currently generates 10% of its electricity from wind power, it has recently stated it will generate 20% by 2010.

The Danish utilised the oil shocks of the 1970s to invest in alternatives allowing it to become the world leader in wind power.


Blogger jeremy said...

Good luck with this blog James - I'm very impressed.

9:25 am, August 17, 2004  
Blogger Sabik said...

Personally, I'm all for wind power. I think it's great that the world has opened it's doors to a method that was previously laughed at. Here in Canada, we're slowly, but surely catching on. I live near the Cowely Wind Farm (a great place for glider pilots), and those clean, white, awe-inspiring beasts are the pride and joy of the whole area.

However, I don't think we can be so optimistic as to assume that wind and solar power will solve all of our energy problems. They just can't create the power required to satiate the energy needs of the world's growing population. There hasn't been a fresh idea in too long a time period. I think we need to stop regurgitating the information of the past and look to more powerful options that can be adapted to suit future needs. Although.. I really shouldn't be talking (seeing as I haven't been working to discover this miracle method).
Great blog... and I'm sorry for such a long comment.. I tend to rant.

10:46 pm, August 17, 2004  
Blogger Sabik said...

I also apologize for the grammatical nightmare that is my writing.

10:50 pm, August 17, 2004  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sabik,
Great to see your comments, we are trying to get planning permission to put up a wind turbine here in the east of england, and just had the application rejected as it would pose a danger to gliders...do you have a contact for any gliders near you and the Cowley Wind Farm? It would be interesting to hear their comments....
Thanks Sam

3:23 pm, March 21, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite a nice site you have here I found some of the facts about wind power very useful for my school work. Thanks and keep up the good work.

6:27 am, April 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a complete nonsense to say that Denmark generates 20% of its electricty from windpower, because it depends on importing (mostly coal-fired) electricity from Germany when the wind doesn't blow (or blows to hard) and exporting its surplus at below cost when conditions are just right. A more realistic example of what is possible is Ireland which had to slap a moratorium on windpower when it reached 5% because it was making the grid system unstable. You have to look at the total system.

6:01 am, November 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you say Denmark generates 20% of its electricity with wind power, are you also saying they were able to shutdown the same amount of other generating sources? I heard somewhere that, even though Denmark's installed all these wind generators, they've shutdown only about 5% of other generation. Other generation must be available to fill in when wind is not available. Thank you.

3:46 am, December 21, 2007  

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