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Denmark to make artificial clean-energy island






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Denmark has an idea for clean energy - an artificial island 80km off its western coast. It is expected to be working by 2033. This project should end Denmark's reliance on fossil fuels within three decades. Denmark is Europe's largest oil-producing country. The end of oil production will boost Denmark's green credentials. A professor of energy called the project, "a cornerstone in the green transition which will help facilitate the reduction of Danish CO2 emissions".

The island will be the size of 18 football fields and cost around $34 billion. Much of the energy will come from wind farms. These will power three million homes and help make Denmark carbon neutral. The island should create a greener Europe. The professor said: "In the North Sea, we have tremendous potential for offshore wind....That means we can actually shut down all European coal-fired power plants." He said it was an international effort.

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