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Offshore wind capacity in Europe surpassed 18 GW in 2018

Thursday, 14 February 2019

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Europe connected 2,649 MW of new offshore wind capacity to the grid in 2018 from 409 new wind turbines across 18 projects. Net capacity additions were 16% lower compared to 2017 which was a record year. Europe’s cumulative capacity reached 18.5 GW which means that around 2% of Europe’s electricity demand is currently generated from offshore wind.

Half of 2018’s net offshore wind capacity was installed in the UK. A total of 7 wind farms were grid connected in the UK. The Walney 3 extension has made Walney the largest offshore wind farm in the world with 87 turbines and a capacity of 657 MW. However, the construction of UK’s Hornsea One project started in 2018 and will be twice as big when planned operation starts in 2022. Germany represented 36% of net offshore wind capacity additions last year with 969 MW installed from three wind far...

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