Inhabitat talks up a pretty cool design project that’s taking shape off Copenhagen, where the government has announced plans to build Holmene, a complex of nine islands that will create living space – and generate renewable electricity from wind farms and Northern Europe’s biggest waste-to-energy plant:
In addition to producing fossil fuel-free energy, the nine artificial islands of Holmene will also serve as a tech hub, a flood barrier and a sports and recreation destination. Several islets and reefs will also be inaccessible to create “untouched nature” as part of a plan to improve the area’s biodiversity. The islands will be constructed from 26 million cubic meters of surplus soil sourced from the region’s subway and building projects; the soil will also be used to create natural flood barriers around the coastline and a base for a future “green belt of nature” on each island.
Biowaste and wastewater from the region’s 1.5 million citizens will be processed in a new waste-to-energy plant and turned into clean water and biogas. Together with wind turbines and other sustainable technologies, the plant is expected to produce over 300,000 MWh of renewable energy, an amount estimated to be equivalent to the power consumption of a quarter of the Copenhagen city population.
The Holmene project has an estimated construction cost of 425 million euros and is expected to create 380 new businesses and 12,000 jobs…. The environmental impact assessment starts in 2019 and the project is slated for completion in 2040.
You can read more about Urban Power’s plans here.