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Denmark Gets a Full Day's Energy Needs Through Wind Power

28 Feb 10:00 by Steve Walia

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Green energy has helped Denmark to achieve an incredible new milestone: producing enough energy for the country's total needs for one day through wind power. Figures from WindEurope, the organisation for the wind power trade, showed that the achievement was recorded last Wednesday.

The power was generated from both onshore and offshore sources and was enough to provide power for ten million households.

On 23rd February, the country generated 70Gwh of power from onshore sources and 27Gw from offshore developments. Denmark has already seen a number of positive milestones through its investment in clean energy, including several big production days in 2015. By the end of 2015, the country had installed 1,271 MW of offshore capacity and 3,800 MW of onshore wind capacity. Together it represented to over 5GW of clean and sustainable energy.

A slight slump was recorded last year, primarily due to low levels of wind. Until that point, Denmark had experienced continuous and steady growth every year since 2008. The industry had expected that this growth curve wouldn't continue last year, but it certainly suggests that 2017 will be a stellar year.

Much of the production came from MHI Vestas, which owns a test site off the Danish coastline with nine wind turbines. Denmark is now a world leader at harnessing the power of the wind, but last week was also a bumper week for Ireland and Germany, which got 42pc and 52pc of their power needs respectively through wind power.

Across the EU as a whole, wind energy managed to produce around 19pc of the entire region's needs, proving how powerful and viable the green technology is. Green energy campaigners in the UK will be hoping that Britain can join the leadership table soon for wind power output and achievement.