2017 was a report yr for offshore wind in Europe in line with statistics launched in the present day by WindEurope. Europe put in three.1 GW of recent offshore wind, taking complete capability to 15.eight GW, a rise of 25% in only one yr.
13 new offshore wind farms had been accomplished, together with the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland. The UK and Germany accounted for many of them, putting in 1.7 GW and 1.three GW respectively. Europe now has over four,000 offshore wind generators working throughout 11 international locations, making a complete of 15.eight GW of put in and grid-connected capability.
The common dimension of the brand new generators was 5.9 MW, a 23% enhance on 2016. And the typical dimension of the brand new offshore wind farms was 493 MW, a 34% enhance in 2016. Capacity components are rising too. There are initiatives in Europe working already at capability components of 54% (Anholt 1, Denmark) and even 65% (Dudgeon, UK).
An extra 11 offshore wind farms are at present underneath building, they usually’ll add one other 2.9 GW. The mission pipeline ought to then give us 25 GW complete by 2020. But offshore wind in Europe stays closely concentrated in a small variety of international locations: 98% of it’s within the UK, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Giles Dickson, WindEurope CEO, stated: “A 25% enhance in a single yr is spectacular. Offshore wind is now a mainstream a part of the facility system. And the prices have fallen quickly. Investing in offshore wind in the present day prices not more than in typical energy technology. It simply reveals Europe’s able to embrace a a lot larger renewables goal for 2030. 35% is definitely achievable. Not least now that floating offshore wind farms are additionally approaching line.” (Source and picture: WindEurope)
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