Danish wind turbines set world record
14. jan. 2014 13.16 English
Denmark broke a world record in December, becoming the first country ever to generate more than half of its electricity from wind power over a whole month.
Specifically, 57.4 per cent of all the electricity we used in December was generated by wind turbines, according to new figures from Energinet.dk, the Danish national transmission system operator for electricity and natural gas.
“This is a milestone for the Danish wind power industry,” said Henrik Stiesdal, CTO of Siemens Wind Power in Brande.
“It’s extremely important that we’re able to demonstrate that a far greater proportion of electricity can come from wind than was previously believed,” he added.
More world records in 2013
Stiesdal has just analysed the figures from 2013, which reveal more world records.
Across the year, a full 33.8 per cent of the electricity used by Danes came from wind, the first time that any country has topped the one-third mark. In a single day – 21 December – Danish wind turbines produced more electricity than the country’s total consumption, i.e. more than 100 per cent.
Increases Danish credibility
Figures like this are of huge importance for sales of Danish wind turbines abroad.
“It’s a real plus for credibility when you’re marketing a message that green conversion is feasible. Not least when you have such a capable distributor as Energinet.dk in Denmark,” said Stiesdal.