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Belgians To Start Building World’s First Artificial Energy Island Next Year (VIDEO)

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This is the sub-heading.

Belgian offshore construction companies Jan De Nul and DEME, through their consortium TM EDISON, have won the tender for the construction of the Princess Elisabeth Island in their home country and the first artificial energy island in the world.

And this first paragraph outlines the project.

The artificial island, which will be built some 45 kilometres off the Belgian coast and will occupy an area of approximately five hectares above the waterline, will serve as the link between the offshore wind farms in the country’s second, 3.5 GW Princess Elisabeth offshore wind zone and its onshore high-voltage grid.

Initial plans don’t seem to be putting any wind turbines or solar panels on the island.

The most impressive part of the article is the video, which shows how the island will be constructed.

To some people of my age, the construction of the island will seem familiar, as the island will be built in a similar way to the Mulberry harbours of World War II.

A few years ago, I went inside some of the giant Pheonix caissons in The Netherlands, where they were initially used to plug the dykes after the North Sea Flood of 1953. They are now a museum of the floods called the Watersnoodmuseum.

Engineering is repeating itself.



March 2, 2023 Posted by | Design, Energy | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


This is a museum at Ouwerkerke in the Netherlands, dedicated to the North Sea Flood of 1953.

It is an impressive museum that opened a few years ago.

It is actually built inside four giant Phoenix breakwaters or caissons, that were originally built to be part of the Mulberry Harbours used for the D-Day invasion in the Second World War.  They had been used to plug one of the last gaps in the dykes in November 1953.  The construction of the caissons is clearly visible, both inside and outside.

Having lived in Felixstowe as a teenager some years after the disaster, it somewhat saddens me that we have no museum to the floods in the UK. Thirty eight people died in Felixstowe and I can still see the marks of the flood on the walls of the houses in my mind.

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