Denmark has approved a plan to construct the world's first artificial island that will serve as a wind energy hub in the North Sea, as the nation seeks to transition to an all-renewable energy grid. Measuring 1.3 million square feet in size (18 soccer fields), it will collect electricity from at least 200 offshore wind turbines surrounding the island. The island hub will have a potential capacity of 10 gigawatts and be able to meet the energy needs of 10 million households. The project is considered to cost around $34 billion and to be operational by 2030.⁠

Zoom In: Last year, Denmark, the largest oil producer in the EU, has committed to stop extracting fossil fuels entirely by 2050. Officials say that the island will house a green fuel plant and will be used to help renew Denmark’s own energy industry.⁠

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