General – Energy Island
Elia from Belgium unveiled plans for the world’s first artificial energy island in the presence of federal ministers Tinne Van der Straeten (Energy) and Vincent Van Quickenborne (North Sea).
The island, which is the first of its kind, will be called the ‘Princess Elisabeth Island’.
The Princess Elisabeth Island will be an innovative tour de force and will be located almost 45 km off the Belgian coast and will serve as the link between the offshore wind farms in the second offshore wind zone and its onshore high-voltage grid.
The fact that Elia is characterizing the island as the world’s first’ energy island is striking as Denmark introduced such an island already at an earlier stage. In June 2020, the Danish Folketing decided to begin preparations for the construction of two energy islands in Denmark – in the North Sea and in the Baltic Sea.