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Denmark will Create 9 Artificial Islands that Could be the New European Silicon Valley

The government of Denmark has revealed its plans to build 9 artificial islands 10 km off the coast of Copenhagen that will house leisure, industry and major energy production. Some have already hinted that it could be the new European Silicon Valley.

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The government of Denmark has revealed its plans to build 9 artificial islands 10 km off the coast of Copenhagen that will house leisure, industry and major energy production. Some have already hinted that it could be the new European Silicon Valley.

“Denmark wants to create the next innovation hub in Europe, and plans to do it 10 kilometers from the coast.”

The Danish government has announced that they plan to build 9 artificial islands that would house from leisure to an important industrial activity and a remarkable production of energy in a total space of 3 million square meters.

The ambitious project is called Holmene, and they would execute it in the hands of Urban Power starting in 2022 and ending it completely in 2040. Of course, they would inaugurate the islands one by one, and hope that the first one is finished in 6 years. They estimate that the project will cost 425 million euros.

The goal is to attract around 380 to the area, located near the Copenhagen airport. Thus, the director of the Danish Chamber of Commerce, Brian Mikkelsen, confessed in an interview with The Guardian that he believed that “it could be like a European Silicon Valley.”

Of course, not everything is to attract technological titans, they also claim to seek to create space for the production of all kinds of everyday products.

Innovation in the islands would be surrounded by a sustainable environment. The green areas would be covered with wind turbines, and Urban Power says it will house the largest waste plant in northern Europe. All this will also be accompanied by protected reefs and islets to encourage the appearance of wildlife.

Arne Cermak Nielsen of Urban Power explained to New Atlas what were the advantages of building artificial islands to create more space. In the first place, the fact that they are going to develop the islands one by one makes it possible to stop the project if it hits an economic crisis, without it being left halfway. Thus, it could also be interesting to give a specific theme to each island, adapting the environment to the type of industry. Another point in favor is the quality of the water in the area, which should not be underestimated.

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