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Europe offshore wind industry shatters construction record

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Europe’s offshore wind industry has shattered previous installation records in the first half of 2015, installing 2,342.9 megawatts (MW) of electricity generation capacity, triple the same time last year.

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) revealed Thursday that installations for the first half of 2015 had reached 2,342.9 MW, tripling the grid-connected capacity of the same period in 2014. This brings Europe’s offshore wind grid-connected capacity up to 10,393.6 MW, across 82 wind farms and 11 countries.

“It has taken the offshore wind industry just six months to set the best year the sector has ever seen in terms of installed capacity,” said Kristian Ruby, Chief Policy Officer, EWEA. “While this clearly shows a commitment to offshore wind development in Europe, a number of completed projects, explosive growth in Germany and the use of higher capacity wind turbines are major contributors to these numbers.”

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Specifically, 584 wind turbines were connected across the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK, thanks to several projects reaching completion. Add in the use of larger, more powerful wind turbines, and the European offshore wind industry is getting more bang for its buck with each installation completed, with the average size turbine rising from 3.5 MW to 4.2 MW.

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Continuing the cry of renewable energy insiders and experts throughout Europe, Kristian Ruby implored European governments to back offshore wind development.

“To ensure healthy growth in the coming years, and to guarantee offshore wind energy plays its role in meeting the EU’s competitiveness, security and decarbonisation objectives, the industry needs long-term visibility,” Ruby said. “Strong reforms to the operation of Europe’s electricity market and much-needed upgrades to infrastructure to help the integration of wind energy must be a priority. It is also critical that Member States meet renewable energy commitments toward the end of this decade and set out a clear game plan to meet Europe’s 2030 targets.”

Installation and Grid Connection of Wind Turbines in Offshore Wind Farms Between 1 January and 30 June 2015

 

 

Source: CleanTechnica. Reproduced with permission.  

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  • mick

    outstanding

  • Tim Buckley

    This offshore wind industry is still in relative infancy. Give it another five years to get the cost structures down and economies of scale, and the global boom in offshore wind will truly stagger – another source of low emissions electricity. India, Korea, US, China and Japan are all waiting on Europe to take the pain of subsidising this industry’s initial learning curve. IEEFA expects the decade of 2020 onwards could see 100-200GW or more of new offshore wind installed globally.
    The advantages of high capacity utilisation rates of 40-50% relative to onshore wind of 20-40%, plus another domestic source of energy to diversify the electricity grid and the ability to use huge turbines of 5-8MW each vs current onshore turbines of 2-3MW makes this a very exciting prospect for electricity markets globally. And another source of pressure on Australia’s reliance on the thermal coal export industry.

    • Jan Veselý

      40-50% is pretty obsolete. Danish are targeting 60-70%.

  • mick

    no thanks