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Offshore wind energy

Oceans of opportunity

Offshore wind energy

20, 380 MW
20.4 GW
In grid-connected capacity in 2019 H1
Grid connected wind turbines delivering power
Offshore wind farms in 11 European countries
€2.4 billion
In new investments only in the first half of 2019

Europe is the leader in offshore wind and is home for the largest operational wind farms for both bottom fixed and floating foundation technologies. Europe’s offshore capacity is sufficiently large enough to supply the electricity demand in Europe which will only continue to grow within the upcoming years. The visions stated by most countries foresee an energy mix with at least 25% coming from offshore wind. This has become clear with the significant increase in offshore wind farm installations since 2012.

Cumulative and annual offshore wind installations 2009-2019 H1

Cumulative and annual offshore  wind installations 2008-2019 H1

Europe has the potential to realise up to 3,400 TWh of offshore wind energy within its waters in 2030[1]. The higher and more constant wind speeds at sea coupled with industry efforts to overcome the challenging marine environment means that offshore wind energy can be a real enabler to help Europe’s ambition to become number one in renewables.

Through a combination of industrial cost reduction and regulatory support, offshore wind could grow to 24.5 GW by 2020, and up to 100 GW by 2030 in the most ambitious scenario. If you would like to see the geographical distribution of the wind farms in Europe and the floating worldwide projects click here.

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