Europe should reach 70 GW installed offshore by 2030

Two reports from the wind world summit

The wind world summit in Hamburg last week was an opportunity for WindEurope to present two reports looking around wind energy. The first, concerning the wind in general, reviews the potential of wind power in the context of a strong rise of the electrification of Europe. The second, on offshore wind attaches to port infrastructure. In terms of offshore wind, the first report, "wind power and electrification of the European energy system" emphasizes that the share of electricity could reach up to 62% in 2050, based on energy policy agreement Paris-compatible. An ambitious goal, but achievable WindEurope judge since investment would represent 2.7% of GDP by that date. The wind would be the first source of power generation by 2035, taking the lead of REC and surpassing the gas, with 840 GW installed in 2050. WindEurope judge the capex for offshore wind would drop to 2.3 million EUR / MW by 2020 and 2 million € / MW in 2050. a forecast that is based on a learning rate of 16% for each doubling of installed capacity. These assertions "conservative" are also based on a load factor of offshore wind that would cap around 45% from 2020.

The second report WindEurope, as part of the Offshore Wind Ports Platform, looks like its name implies on the ports. It suggests that investment in port infrastructure could enable offshore wind to reduce costs in the order of 5.3%. The ports will indeed take a greater role in the context of the wind supply chain. By 2030, WIndEurope considers that Europe should reach 70 GW installed at sea, over 10 000 turbines in European waters. This means, the report implantation of an additional 6 GW per year, with 20% devoted to the repowering of existing sites. However, to achieve this growth, the ports will have to invest between € 500 million and 1 billion euros in modernization, adaptation and new infrastructure. An investment that should allow ports to offer better ships to achieve faster offshore parks or consolidating maintenance and service through real hub ports.

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