23 Jan '12, 9am

UK at the forefront of Europe's 866MW offshore wind surge

The EU installed 866MW of offshore wind energy capacity during 2011, almost 90 per cent of which was in UK waters, new industry figures have revealed. Analysis published by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) last week found that 235 new turbines were fully grid-connected across nine offshore wind farms at a cost of about €2.4bn. FURTHER READING Mabey Bridge secures giant wind turbine tower order UK wind power reaches record 6GW milestone A total of 1,371 offshore turbines have now come online across the EU, with a combined power capacity of over 3.8GW spread over 53 sites in 10 European countries. Last year also saw offshore wind farms growing in both scale and technical difficulty: the average offshore wind farm size in 2011 was almost 200MW, up 29 per cent on the previous year, while average water depth stood at 22.8m. The UK's dominant role in the sector was sh...

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