Ramboll decided to support the VindØ consortium in developing innovative solutions in the planning of the world’s first artificial energy island.
The planned energy island in the North Sea is a monumental project that not only plays a leading role in fulfilling Denmark’s target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030, but also contributes to increasing renewable energy across Europe.
Ramboll is supporting this visionary plan through detailed studies of the possible activities on the island. While one of the primary drivers for the project is the transmission of green power to the Danish and European shores, the project offers many other possibilities for innovative thinking and value creating infrastructure due to its size and magnitude.
Innovative solutions will be essential to accommodate the outputs of windfarms, which could reach a combined capacity of up to 10 GW, equivalent to the power consumption of 10 million European households.
Ramboll is studying the possibilities of developing large Power-to-X (PtX) facilities where power from windfarms is converted to products such as hydrogen and ammonia to be used in shipping and industry.
Ramboll is also studying the feasibility of a data centre on the energy island. Given the ever-increasing demand for data, placing a data centre on the energy island could help secure a greener data driven future. Combined with abundant and low-cost electricity with proximity to international data cables, this could potentially be attractive for both data centre developers and the owners of the energy island.
Finally, with fluctuating outputs from the offshore windfarms, flexibility solutions in the form of energy storage on the energy island, ranging from short-term storage in batteries to storage solutions which may absorb and store power over longer periods, are also being evaluated by Ramboll.
Throughout 2021, 20-30 Ramboll experts from across business units and geographies will be working on sustainable and innovative solutions for the energy island, providing the VindØ consortium with the best possible background for their bid in the upcoming tender phase to be initiated by the Danish Government.
The VindØ consortium, composed of two of Denmark’s largest pension funds, PensionDenmark and PFA, and Denmark’s largest energy company Andel (previously SEAS-NVE), with Nykredit as financing partner, is ready to participate in the upcoming tender for the energy island in the North Sea, which is expected to be the largest infrastructure project in Denmark’s history.