27 July 2016
The European offshore wind industry – key trends and statistics 1st half 2016
In the first six months of 2016, Europe fully grid connected 114 commercial offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity totalling 511 MW. Overall 13 commercial wind farms were under construction which once completed will have a total capacity of over 4.2 GW.
- 114 wind turbines were fully grid connected, totalling 511 MW in 4 wind farms: Westermeerwind (NL), Gemini (NL), Gode Wind I (DE), Gode Wind II (DE).
- 182 turbines (44 units or 32% more than during the same period last year) were erected in four wind farms in the first half of the year: Westermeerwind (NL), Gemini (NL), Gode Wind I (DE), Gode Wind II (DE). Some have been gridconnected, some have not.
- The average size of wind turbines installed in the first half of 2016 is 4.8MW, or 15% larger than over the same period last year.
- Seven projects, worth €14bn, reached Final Investment Decision (FID) in the first half of 2016. This will finance 3.7 GW of new capacity, a doubling from the first half of 2015 (1.8 GW).
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