Denmark as a country ( due to their concern over climate change and energy security) has decided to become completely independent from fossil fuels. This small country of 5.6 million people is committed to changing their energy future and has a solid plan to make it happen.
Challenge for energy independence
At present wind and solar energy already delivers a good share of Denmark’s energy, but renewable energy is a major challenge for an energy system that was originally built upon fossil fuels.
Here are some of these challenges:
Energy production from wind and solar fluctuates – it fluctuates as the wind blows. So what renewable s are reliable when there is no sun or wind energy available?
How do we create an energy system of renewable energy, where also cars, ships and planes can operate on fossil-free energy?
Their solution is what they are calling smart energy systems
Smart Energy Systems is defined as a coherent, fossil-free energy system that will create lots of new jobs and green energy for the Danes, both in terms of electricity, heat and transport.
This video outlines the Danish plan to move to 100% renewable energy and is based on research conducted at Aalborg University (http://www.smartenergysystems.eu).
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.