Offshore wind turbines could number 30,000 by 2030 – new ideas in ocean engineering are needed to install them. The UK is planning to install 40 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 – enough to provide electricity to every home in the country. This would require 5,000 wind turbines – double the number installed offshore worldwide at the end of 2020. Current projections indicate 234 gigawatts of offshore wind energy will be installed globally by 2030, which could mean around 30,000 turbines. Green energy developers hope to exploit the faster winds that blow offshore and allow larger turbines to generate more electricity than their onshore equivalents. Supplying the equivalent of a UK home’s worth of electricity for nine billion people by 2050 would require something like half a million offshore wind turbines. Besides the more than two million fishing vessels, industrial activity in the ocean on this scale is unprecedented. Over the last 70 years, only around 5,000 offshore oil and gas rigs have been installed at sea, and many of these have since been removed.
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RenewableUK’s new chief executive Dan McGrail is calling for the government to increase the cap for the next round of Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions by 25%. Currently, there is a cap of 12GW is currently in place, a figure McGrail is now urging ministers to raise to at least 15GW. Over 14GW of clean energy capacity – including solar, wind, marine power and other technologies – is already eligible to compete in the next round, RenewableUK said, with this set to open in December. This has the ability to rise to 23GW by the end of the year if the immediate pipelines of projects currently seeking planning approval are consented in a timely.
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