Offshore wind energy stands on the cusp of rapid and widespread growth. Breakthroughs in fixed bottom and floating foundations, and the development of giant turbines able to power thousands of homes, are creating new deployment opportunities and driving cost reductions across the industry. The UK, Denmark and Germany were pioneers in the sector and now are established leaders, and China has recently emerged as a key player having installed 1.1GW of capacity last year. However the offshore wind industry must be encouraged to globalise in order to achieve the 500 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity outlined under IRENA’s 2050 transformation roadmap, up from the 19 GW of installed capacity today.
IRENA 31st May 2018 read more »