Holmene is an ambitious project of the Danish Government in line with Urban Power based on the creation of nine new islands off the coasts of Copenhagen that will reuse waste, generate green energy and conserve biodiversity.
There are more and more original and creative projects around the generation of renewable energy, the recycling and reuse of waste, the elimination of plastic or green alternatives. One of the most interesting that has seen the light in recent times is the Holmene project, which translated would be equivalent to the Islets, and which will rise ten kilometers south of Copenhagen.
The nine islands will be built with surplus soil derived from the region’s metro and construction projects, providing three million square meters of new space, which includes commercial and industrial areas and a natural landscape for sports and outdoor activities. Green energy is also an important focus and will have wind turbines and what Urban Power calls the largest energy waste plant in northern Europe. In addition, defenses against floods and reefs and inaccessible islets will be created for local wildlife.
The construction of this project will begin in 2022 and will be completed in 2040, will cost 425 million euros and will be created one by one, so the first island should be operational in about six years. Thus, Arne Cermak Nielsen of Urban Power explains that “the islands can be developed thematically, leaving the best conditions for the innovative industry and research within green technology, biotechnology, life sciences and future and still unknown sectors. The quality of being by water should not be underestimated, and the edges of the islands and the delta that emerge between them have a unique potential. “
The project was developed in collaboration with the engineering consulting company COWI together with DHI-group, MOE, Aglaja and Rambøll, and as we say, will be borne by Urban Power. The biowaste and wastewater plant stands out, where this waste will be converted from the 1.5 million inhabitants of the region into clean water and biogas.
Renewable energies will lead to an annual reduction of 70,000 tons of CO2 and the generation of more than 300,000 MWh zero emissions, equivalent to the energy consumption of a quarter of the population of Copenhagen.