The Queen plugged in the Great Belt Power Link
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Published on 15 September 2010 09.58
The Queen plugged in the Great Belt Power Link
The wind did its best to illustrate what the Great Belt Power Link is all about when Energinet.dk inaugurated the Great Belt Power Link on 7 September 2010: sending wind-power generated electricity from Western Denmark to Eastern Denmark.

- Being able to transmit power from Western Denmark to Eastern Denmark and vice versa, thus adding yet another chapter to the story of electricity in Denmark more than 100 years after Danes experienced for the first time how electricity can make everyday life earlier, and actually revolutionise society, is unquestionably a historic event. Those were some of the Queen's words before she and the Danish climate and energy minister Lykke Friis plugged in the Power Link and connected the East and West Danish power systems.

A moment later, the converter started to spark, buzz and bang - exactly as it was supposed to. In the large party tent, the guests could see for themselves on a real-time map showing the state of the power system that electrons were actually being sent from Western Denmark to Eastern Denmark.

Around 315 persons had accepted the invitation to participate in the inauguration, including authorities, suppliers, representatives of the energy industry, neighbours and landowners from Eastern and Western Denmark and, of course, climate and energy minister Lykke Friis. In her address, Ms Friis said that in addition to connecting Denmark electrically, the Great Belt Power Link also provides a stronger link to Europe.

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