28 Jul '11, 1pm

For Offshore Wind to Thrive, Collaboration A Must

If it’s true that the winds of change are coming to the wind industry, and that developments will move farther offshore behind technologies currently in the research stage, the question remains: Who will lead this emerging sector of the industry? To answer that, start with the current leader — in this case, the United Kingdom. According to a report from EWEA released in this week, Europe added 883 MW of offshore capacity in 2010, giving the continent 2,964 MW in total capacity. A bit less than half of that rests off the U.K. coast. The U.K. is the global leader with a total of 1341 MW, followed by Denmark (854 MW), The Netherlands (249), Belgium (195) and Sweden (164). This EWEA chart projects installed capacity, electricity production and share of EU demand While there’s a lot of capacity at stake, there’s also a lot of money on the table. The industry, according to the r...

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