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Weekly data: The number of countries generating offshore wind power is set to double

Apr 18 2022


Offshore wind holds some significant advantages over its onshore equivalent. Generally faster wind speeds means variability in output is less of a risk, and turbines at sea are less likely to run into the “not in my backyard” problem.

Historically, though, only a handful of markets – notably the UK, Germany and China – have built much offshore wind. The technology is more expensive than other renewable energies, and installation involves significant engineering expertise. In 2021, there was 54.7 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity installed globally, compared to 776.1GW of onshore wind, shows data from GlobalData, Energy Monitor’s parent company.

But the coming years are set to see offshore wind take off in a big way. The 18 countries that currently produce offshore wind power are set to be joined by another 17 by 2030, with countries including India, Italy, Poland, Australia and Saudi Arabia all building their first offshore wind farms.
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Source: Energy Monitor