Denmark's transition to green energy is well underway and among the greatest contributors to the conversion is DONG Energy – which is Denmark's largest producer of green power that can account for more than half of Denmark's total CO2 reduction over the past decade. In Danish waters alone, DONG Energy is producing green power corresponding to the consumption of one million households.
The energy group wishes to put focus on this development and is therefore taking 4,500 Danes to sea where they will experience three Danish offshore wind farms, as these large offshore 'wind power plants' are supplying the majority of the green power.
"We're proud of the journey we've embarked on, and we want to demonstrate how part of the conversion from fossil fuels to renewable energy takes place. We'll also provide everyone who's interested with a rare insight into the Danish business adventure that offshore wind farms have become," says Filip Engel, head of branding and sustainability at DONG Energy, and continues:
"Over the years, we've had open day events at our power stations. It's a bit more challenging to do the same at sea, but now we're doing it."
Open to all
The offshore wind turbine safaris will take place on leased ferries from Grenaa Harbour to Anholt Offshore Wind Farm, Copenhagen Harbour to Middelgrunden Offshore Wind Farm and Gedser Harbour to Nysted Offshore Wind Farm in the weekends 17-18 September and 24-25 September.
The tours will provide a rare opportunity to see large, green power stations up close, which most people have probably only seen from a distance aboard an aircraft or from the Great Belt Bridge. Visitors will also get the opportunity to meet some of the employees who either spend their days around the large offshore wind turbines or take part in planning and construction of offshore wind farms.
The safaris are open to all who are interested and the trips are free; however, due to the limited number of seats, the lucky visitors are chosen by lot on the website www.GoerDanmarkGroennere.dk (in Danish).
Offshore wind turbines growing by leaps and bounds
Since the first offshore wind turbines were erected at Vindeby 25 years ago, Denmark has undergone a true energy revolution, which at the same time has laid the foundation for an export success. While the offshore wind turbines at Vindeby, which were erected in 1991, were approximately 50 metres tall and able to supply power to 2,200 households, the wind turbines at Anholt Offshore Wind Farm stand approximately 140 metres tall and supply power to 400,000 households.