Europe added 1.5 GW of offshore wind in 2016; record €18 billion invested

Offshore wind in Europe saw a net 1,558 MW of additional installed grid-connected capacity in 2016. This was 48% less than in 2015. A net addition of 338 new offshore wind turbines across six wind farms were grid-connected from 1 January to 31 December 2016. Europe now has a total installed capacity of 12,631 MW from 3,589 grid-connected wind turbines in 10 countries. 11 wind farm projects, worth €18.2bn, reached Final Investment Decision (FID), up 39% on 2015. This represents a further 4.9 GW of new capacity across five countries, half of it in the UK. Published in January 2017, the WindEurope Report, “The European offshore wind industry. Key trends and statistics 2016” presents key sector figures.

Last year’s 1.5 GW new installations were in three countries. 52.1% of all net capacity (813 MW) brought online was in Germany. The second largest market was the Netherlands with 44.3% of total European capacity (691 MW), largely achieved thanks to the commissioning of Gemini. The UK represented 3.6% of the total share (56 MW). Belgium recorded construction activity in 2016, however turbines achieved first power only in January 2017.

 

Three sites were fully decommissioned. Portugal’s 2 MW WindFloat demonstrator was decommissioned as scheduled. This temporarily removes Portugal as a country with installed offshore wind capacity. However the commercial deployment of WindFloat Atlantic in Portugal will take place before 2020. 5 MW was also decommissioned at Hooksiel in Germany, as was 2 MW at Lely in the Netherlands. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2017