In accordance with the Energy Agreement published on the 29th of June 2018 and supported by all political parties in the Danish Parliament, the Danish target by 2030 still is that 55% of the nation’s energy needs are met by renewable energy, mainly wind and solar.
With the political climate agreement of 22 June 2020, it was decided to initiate the work of realizing two energy islands, and in November 2020, the Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities decided to reserve the gross areas in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea for the world’s first energy islands.
Progress & Operational Details
2020 was a year in which the German neighbors to a much greater extent than before paid Danish electricity producers - including many wind turbine owners - to periodically reduce production. The German electricity grid has not been expanded sufficiently in line with the installation of large amounts of wind and solar. The green power from Denmark and northern Germany cannot reach consumers in southern Germany, as congestion occurs in the high-voltage grid. Danish wind turbines were shut down even more due to stricter requirements to make capacity available on the West Danish-German border, while there are still expansion projects in the electricity grid on both the German and Danish sides, which during the construction period reduced the capacity of the wires - just as when motorway extensions create bottlenecks for traffic.
National RDD Priorities and Budget
There was a small decline in public R&D budgets for wind energy in 2020. Ten new granted EUDP projects with a total granted amount of 113.188 mill. DKK (15.167 mill. EUR, 18.563 mill. USD). In 2019, 15 projects were granted. 83 running wind energy projects funded by IFD and EUDP and a few granted of the Independent Research Fund Denmark.
The two largest public funding programs related to technical and societal energy solutions are The Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP), administrated by The Danish Energy Agency, and Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD). Green Labs supports the establishment of large-scale test facilities for demonstration of new climate technologies.
EUDP presented a new investment strategy in 2020. The focus areas for wind are new materials, durability, recycling of turbine blades, better wind data, as well as challenges in upscaling.
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