Offshore floating wind turbines cost competitive with standard turbines in water depths over 50 metres

July 25th, 2013 by The European Wind Energy Association

(Please click report cover to go to EWEA website report download page)

(Please click report cover to go to EWEA website report download page)

A report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) shows that deep water wind turbines are key to unlocking the massive energy potential in Europe’s Atlantic and Mediterranean Seas, and the deepest parts of the North Sea.

The ‘Deep water – The next step for offshore wind energy‘ report reveals that floating turbines in North Sea deep waters alone could power Europe four times over.

Offshore wind in Europe could be providing 145 million households with renewable electricity and employing 318,000 people by 2030, while providing energy security, technology exports, and no greenhouse gases.

“To allow this sector to realise its potential and deliver major benefits for Europe, a clear and stable legislative framework for after 2020 – based on a binding 2030 renewable energy target – is vital,” said Jacopo Moccia, Head of Policy Analysis at EWEA.

“This must be backed by an industrial strategy for offshore wind including support for R&D,” he said.

The report finds that this technology is cost-competitive with standard fixed-bottom offshore turbines in water depths over 50 metres.

If the requirements are met, the first full-scale deep offshore wind farms could be producing power by 2017, up from the two floating turbines currently supplying electricity from European waters.


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