Denmark Generates Too Much Wind Power

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Denmark has a problem with their wind turbines. Apparently its generating too much power from wind.

Right now, they are generating about 20% of their total electricity from wind power and on windy days that percentage can double which has placed some strain on the electricity grid due to extreme fluctuations. In western Denmark, the price of electricity can sometimes drop to 0 on a windy day which leaves utilities trying to find ways to offload the excess power. What a “good” problem to have!

To come to the rescue, the Danish utility company Dong Energy has an ingenious plan to build a nationwide system to charge electric cars with the surplus wind power. They are partnering with the start-up company, Project Better Place and plan to build the infrastructure to support the countrywide electric car system by 2010. Charging spot and battery-exchange services would be located across the country.

The Danish government plans to raise its share of electricity from renewable powers to 30 percent by 2025. In addition, Denmark is looking to built stronger connections with nearby countries like Norway, Sweden and Germany to sell excess “cheap” electricity on windy days.


29 Responses to “Denmark Generates Too Much Wind Power”

  1. That’s a truly ‘big’ problem??? There are so many ways of getting rid of extra electricity in Europe by using it.
    Storing energy in the form of hydrogen is just one of the ways. Pumping water uphill for further use its kinetic energy is the second (maybe, not so much useful in Denmark). Heating the ground ‘collectors’ under residential area for further use by heat pumps. and much more
    They could even surprise some neighboring countries by cheap export.

  2. Sure beats the h*ll out of being hi-jacked by the oil barons every time you get ahead by a buck or two!

  3. I agree!

  4. Buckminster Fuller predicted that power would cross national and even continental boundaries so that peak production in one area could sustain peak use in other areas.

    Looks like he was likely right again.

  5. Haha! Denmark! Hills!

    The highest mountain in Denmark is not even as tall as the Eiffel Tower!


  6. What a great “problem” to have! I hope that we can someday approach that same level of energy consciousness (and take appropriate action) here in the USA.

  7. What a great Idea with the electric cars !! In the UK people fight tooth and nail to remove the wind turbines ? beats me.

  8. You know who is afraid, don’t you? The power companies… I read a couple of success stories, one in USA and one in Japan, where entire towns, albeit smallish with 1,300 people in one case, are running 100% on wind power.

    Sure, they will find a way to separate out and use the extra power. What a problem to have!

    I bet most of the world could do what they have done. And we have not directly mentioned solar heating and photovoltaics. Project: get the government folks 1) to learn the truth about renewable energy, and 2) care more about society than lining their pockets with campaign funds (in many case unfortunately they never get to step 2, as most have not risen to pay attention to environment issues).

  9. This is a great problem to have but remember, Denmark is a bit smaller than the U.S. 16,630 square miles VS. 3,790,000. A difference of 200:1! We should still try for a similar solution but when it comes to transmitting power over distance, size matters. Our solution(s) will likely have to be more regional. We also have a somewhat weaker central gov. so national change is harder to accomplish here.

  10. Compressing air might work,although underground salt mines,aquifers,etc are the most common way of doing this-not sure if Denmark has these resources.Maybe banks of steel tanks might be worth considering.

  11. They want to have a system in place to recharge electric cars by 2010? I don’t think that America will have electric cars by then! Go Denmark!

  12. this is just the beginig, it just go to show what can been achived when you dont have energy brokers and corporate corruption standing in the way of what needs to be done.

    yeah yeah we all know and are just waiting for the americans to come with a way to make sure every persone on earth owe’s them money because they patented it first.
    is not the world more more important than money, with out you dont have money so figure that out!!!!!!

    great guns Denmark, i have been on a cruiseliner which went past one of the wind farms out at sea, what a amazing site!!!!!!!

    perosnally any one who has got any vision and some fundies behind them, why not buy your own wind turbine and provide power to the YOUR local community, charge them just enough to cover the interest repayments, maintenence, insurance, with a tiny margin for capitol repayment, i meant whats the point of paying it off fast if its going to generate electricty for 100 years?
    Shag the power corporations the smaller increments of our community’s have to make a stand!!! ( just dont buy any more shares in fossil fuel power companies anymore, look for the green!!!!
    we too have power, if they wont give us what we all need, then take it yourself la!!!!

  13. That is crazy!! gosh we wish canada could generate wind at this rate!!! everyone seems to be so focused on how much money they can make that they really dont care about the planet, as long as they can make what their doing look good while making them money thats all they focus on! we think everyone should follow denmarks example and move foward with the right kind of progress and with less focus on money and movements to start caring about making the planet a better and healthier, this whole world would be much safer for years to come. Because if it does not happen there wont be a planet to make money off of, or even live on for that matter.

    minnie and random

  14. ok thanks but i was asking how much energy comes in every day and you did not even answere mt question i am only 10 ok and this is a problem because if people want to reaserch for there project how are they is this website give no information


  15. Hi, we didn’t seem to get your first comment asking about the wind energy production in Denmark. About 3,125 Megawatts were produced accounting for 20% of the country’s electric production. Is this the info you were looking for?

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