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Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Germany and Denmark today agreed to cooperate more closely on the expansion of wind energy at sea and innovative energy islands. These energy islands (so-called “energy hubs”) can increase the supply of green electricity, but also green hydrogen, and thus advance Power-to-X technologies. Both countries are thus taking an important step towards meeting the goals of the EU offshore renewables strategy. This envisages a five-fold increase in the offshore wind capacity installed in Europe from 12 GW today to 60 GW by 2030 and a further five-fold increase to 300 GW in 2050. Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier: “Joint offshore wind projects will make an important contribution on the way to a climate-neutral Europe and are therefore also a focus of the German EU Council Presidency. The task now is to identify and promote concrete projects together with our neighbors. It is important to me to find framework conditions that ensure that both countries benefit. Such offshore wind projects in particular can enable synergies for the development of green hydrogen. “The Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Supply Dan Jørgensen:” Last week Denmark made the decision to withdraw from oil and gas production by 2050. Today Denmark and Germany are taking another step forward by strengthening their cooperation to jointly develop and connect offshore wind energy hubs. This will not only significantly increase renewable electricity generation in both countries. It is also a prerequisite for Power-to-X technologies to produce sustainable fuels for shipping and aviation. To this end, Denmark is working on building two offshore hubs with a capacity of five GW. ”The agreement between the two countries is the starting signal for further cooperation in which joint projects and their possible design are to be examined. A possible cooperation with energy islands, so-called “Energy Hubs” in the North and Baltic Seas will be discussed. Denmark plans to build two energy islands by 2030, which should have a total capacity of at least five GW. In the long term, Denmark would like to build energy islands with a total of twelve GW offshore wind turbines in the North and Baltic Seas. The possibility of using electricity from offshore wind turbines for the production of green hydrogen is also to be investigated. Both countries have long been exchanging ideas on expanding wind at sea: working in the North Sea Energy Cooperation and in the Baltic Sea cooperation Together with other North and Baltic Sea residents and the EU Commission, they are working to promote the expansion of wind energy at sea. The bilateral agreement is an important first step to study concrete joint projects. It builds on the experiences of both countries from the Kriegers Flak project in the Baltic Sea, which was the first project of its kind. In the long term, further bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects are needed to achieve a climate-neutral Europe, said Ministers Altmaier and Jørgensen. The video conference of the EU energy ministers and a ministerial meeting of the North Sea energy cooperation took place today. In the run-up to these meetings, Council conclusions on strengthening European cooperation in offshore and other renewable energies as well as the Council conclusions on the development of an EU hydrogen market were agreed during the German EU Council Presidency. The text of the signed Letter of Intent can be found here.
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