Hundreds of wind turbine blades are being shipped out to the site off the Yorkshire coast. [Read more…]
The first turbine at the world’s biggest offshore wind farm has been installed and is now producing electricity. [Read more…]
Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) and Equinor ASA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly explore the opportunities to develop commercial floating offshore wind in South Korea. [Read more…]
Veja Mate offshore wind farm have confirmed the divestment of their stake in the project to a consortium of European investors. [Read more…]
Boskalis has signed a contract for the replacement and repair of a part of the inter-array cables at an offshore wind farm. [Read more…]
The U.K., which now leads the world in offshore wind installations, will soon lose its title to China, despite plans to double its capacity by 2030. [Read more…]
Europe installed 2.6 GW of new offshore wind energy capacity in 2018.
That’s an 18% increase in Europe’s offshore wind capacity.
15 new offshore wind farms came on line. The UK and Germany accounted for 85% of the new capacity: 1.3 GW and 969 MW respectively. Europe now has 105 offshore wind farms across 11 countries with a total capacity of 18.5 GW. This is around 10% of the total installed wind energy capacity in Europe – the rest is onshore.
The size and scale of offshore wind continues to rise. The average size of the new turbines installed last year was 6.8 MW, 15% up on 2017. The UK installed the world’s biggest offshore turbines – 8.8 MW – and opened the world’s largest offshore wind farm – Walney 3 extension, 657 MW. Belgium and Germany also opened their largest wind farms to date. A further six offshore wind farms are currently under construction in Europe, including the world’s first +1 GW offshore wind farm – Hornsea 1 in the UK.
Then a further 12 new offshore wind projects reached Final Investment Decision in 2018. These represent a further 4.2 GW of capacity and €10.3bn of investment. The amount invested was 37% up on 2017 but the capacity covered was up 91% – showing how quickly costs are falling and how much more bang you now get for your buck.
More and more governments are recognising the merits of offshore wind. Poland is the latest to embrace it with an ambitious plan to build 10 GW by 2040. But a few countries are underperforming on it and risk missing out. Sweden is not building any offshore wind despite great potential. Germany has only a modest target for 2030. And the ‘gamma minus’ performer is France which still has no offshore wind farms nor is it clear when they will have.
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Iberdrola has named MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as preferred wind turbine supplier for the 476 MW Baltic Eagle project in German waters of the Baltic Sea, off the island of Rügen. [Read more…]
Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation delivered a range of high-performance cable protection solutions for the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm and the 2MW turbine that started producing power in October 2018. [Read more…]
Sulzer & Schmid Laboratories, a Swiss company pioneering next-generation technology for the inspection of wind turbine rotor blades, announced today that it has launched a new highly competitive inspection platform. The company’s new 3DX HD product has been developed as a cost-effective solution to cope with large volumes of high definition blade inspections. [Read more…]