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Offshore wind in Europe - key trends and statistics 2019

Overview

In 2019 Europe connected 502 new offshore wind turbines to the grid across 10 projects. This brought 3,627 MW of new (gross) additional capacity.

Europe now has a total installed offshore wind capacity of 22,072 MW from 5,047 grid-connected wind turbines across 12 countries.

Four new offshore wind projects reached Final Decision Investment (FID) in four different countries during 2019, with construction starting in the coming years. €6.0bn was invested in order to finance 1.4 GW of additional capacity.

Findings

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Europe installed a record 3.6 GW of new offshore wind energy capacity in 2019. Belgium, the UK and Denmark all set new national installation records

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Europe now has 22.1 GW of offshore wind capacity

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€6.0bn of investments financed 1.4 GW of additional capacity in offshore wind in France, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK

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10 offshore wind farms were connected to the grid and another 5 offshore wind farms began installations in 2019

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The average rated capacity of offshore turbines installed was 7.8 MW, 1 MW larger than in 2018

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All offshore wind auction results in 2019 ranged between €40/MWh and €50/MWh

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Hornsea One connected all its turbines to the grid, making it the largest offshore wind farm in the world (1,218 MW)

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