What is the future of European offshore wind technology?
Offshore wind technology began its development in Europe, with the Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm, in 1991, and its quick growth has been notorious. For the next years, it is expected an ambitious expansion of the European offshore wind power, closely followed by China.
As of today, the offshore wind capacity in Europe is almost at 20 GW, with 105 wind farms and 4,500 turbines, providing 400,000 jobs. Statistics show an extraordinary market performance, making Europe one of the offshore leaders, due to its rapid innovation and infrastructure development. The United Kingdom and Germany stand out, once they are the countries that most contributed to this leadership, closely followed by Belgium and Denmark, for example.
Despite this promising view, there are still a lot of opportunities to take, and the European region is setting the stakes even higher. Take for example the most recent European Investment Bank decision to stop funding most of the fossil fuel projects by 2021, assuming this investment is going to renewable energies. In fact, by 2040, the offshore wind capacity is set to rise nearly 130 GW, or even to around 180 GW, becoming the continent’s largest single source of energy. To accomplish this, it is necessary that technology development keeps the same rapid pace as the construction of offshore wind farms, in size and power capacity. Actually, we are now witnessing the introduction of better offshore wind turbines, such as the Haliade-X, from GE Renewable Energy, and the Siemens Gamesa 10 MW offshore model. This will allow cost reductions in the sector, making it more competitive with other energy sources.
It is also expected the future of offshore wind technology to be about the development of advanced floating turbines, which are now being tested, for example, in Portugal, France, and Scotland. This will help reach resources in deep waters, unlike the usual bottom-fixed turbines because of the ocean bed limitations. This could be one of the solutions to meet the clean energy demand countries are now facing.
Alongside these innovations and developments, there will be a need for field technicians’ specialization in this new offshore wind technology. Therefore, in the next 30 years, it is expected an accentuated increase in the number of jobs created due to the new European offshore wind farms. Take the example of the United Kingdom, which is expecting to create around 27,000 jobs.
Endiprev at WindEurope Offshore 2019 Conference
For quite some time now, Endiprev is paying close attention to the direction of the offshore market in Europe. That is why we are able to stay one step ahead of the market future needs and, consequently, prepare our teams on the field.
The WindEurope Offshore 2019, from November 26th to 28th, is going to be a great opportunity not only to show our expertise and professionalism to industry-leading figures but also to demonstrate why we are the only offshore wind power contractor to perform in three continents.
If this is of interest and you would like to know more, schedule a meeting with our team in the event by sending an email and come visit us at Stand 3-A47.