In 2012, the Danish government signed a bold new energy agreement: By 2020, 50 percent of Denmark's electricity will come from wind power and 35 percent of the country's total energy supply will come from renewable sources. Denmark's total energy consumption will decrease by more than 12 percent by 2020 compared to 2006, and C02 emissions will be 34 percent lower than they were in 1990.
Denmark shares Intel's belief that technology plays a crucial role in protecting our planet. "Today the leaders in the IT industry use Moore's Law to inspire long-term planning and to set ambitious targets for research and development," says Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy, and Building. "I see huge potential if we can convey this global drive in the IT sector to the battle of climate change, where the challenges are so huge that we need a green revolution."
Intel® technology is already being applied throughout Denmark's energy infrastructure. For example, Danish company Vestas—the world’s largest wind turbine provider—relies on an Intel® Xeon® processor-based high-performance computing system to analyze and predict wind patterns. The system helps Vestas find the right places to install turbines—where the wind is consistent, but not so turbulent that it damages turbines—and forecast how much power individual turbines will provide.
By 2020, 50 percent of Denmark's electricity will be wind power and 35 percent of the total energy supply will come from renewable sources. Other initiatives are developing smarter home energy management systems and efficiently charging increasing numbers of electric vehicles.
Small nation, large goals.
Intel is serving as a trusted advisor to Denmark, helping identify and implement end-to-end green technology solutions throughout the country's energy infrastructure. Projects aimed at harnessing renewable energy resources and distributing power wisely across a smart grid that balances demand with fluctuating renewable supplies are underway.
With close to 30 percent of the country's energy already coming from the wind, Denmark is well on its way to achieving its goals. "By leveraging on our experiences and joining forces, we may be able to expand the reach of Moore's Law also to green IT," says Lidegaard. "In that way, we may create the green solutions of tomorrow much sooner, if not today."