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Offshore wind in Europe – key trends and statistics 2018

Offshore Wind in Europe

Key trends and statistics 2018

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Overview

In 2018 Europe connected 409 new offshore wind turbines to the grid across 18 projects. This brought 2,649 MW of net additional capacity.
Europe now has a total installed offshore wind capacity of 18,499 MW. This corresponds to 4,543 grid-connected wind turbines across 11 countries.

Separately, twelve new offshore wind projects reached Final Investment Decision (FID) in 2018. Investments in new assets amounted to €10.3bn. This financed 4.2 GW of additional capacity, which will come on line in the next couple of years.

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Findings

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Europe installed 2.6 GW of new offshore wind energy capacity in 2018
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€10.3bn of investments made for 4.2 GW of additional capacity
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Total capacity grew by 18% to 18.5 GW
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15 new offshore wind farms were completed last year
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The UK and Germany accounted for 85% of the installations: 1.3 GW and 969 MW respectively
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Last year the average offshore turbine size was 6.8 MW, 15% up on 2017
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The largest turbine in the world was connected in the UK (the V164-8.8 MW from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind)
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The world’s biggest wind farm came online also in the UK (Walney 3 extension, 657 MW)

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