German Producers Lead European Offshore Wind Growth

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Even though the title is pluralized, Siemens is the most influential German wind turbine manufacturer, by far. It accounted for 74% of European offshore wind turbines in the past 6 months.

Siemens, REpower, and Bard were the only companies to connect wind turbines offshore in Europe in that time. Not a close second to Siemens. REpower installed a little less than a quarter of them (22%). Bard, in third place, installed 4% of them.

Blythe Offshore Wind Farm. (Photo Credit: zabdiel, CC BY- 2.0 license)

Maybe the United States could learn how the Europeans managed to install only European turbines offshore in the past 6 months, literally 100% of them.

These wind companies were most active in the United Kingdom, where they installed 422 MW worth of wind turbines (114 turbines), according to EWEA (European Wind Energy Association).

In Europe, the amount of wind power generation capacity installed was 50% more than it was at the same time last year.

Christian Kjaer, chief executive of the EWEA, said: “Offshore wind power is increasingly attracting investors, including pension funds and other institutional and corporate investors, but it would be good to see more activity in southern Europe, where jobs, investments and growth are desperately needed.”

The EWEA is projecting another record year for wind industry growth, which is partly impeded by connection delays caused by weather, as another 650 MW of wind power generation capacity is awaiting connection.

The average size of wind turbines over the past six months has grown, as well. It grew 14.2% to 4 MW. Wind turbines have been getting bigger for years because larger turbines generate a larger more consistent supply of power per square metre of turbines. This applies to taller turbines in particular. This is basically due to the fact that wind speeds tend to increase with altitude.

Source: Reuters



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