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Europe’s offshore wind capacity up by almost 20%

EUROPE’s offshore wind capacity rose by 18% last year – 85% of it accounted for by the UK and Germany – according to a new report.

WindEurope said it followed the installation of 2.6GW of new offshore capacity in 2018, which saw 15 new offshore wind farms go on line.

Europe’s 105 wind farms across 11 countries have a total capacity of 18.5GW – a tenth of the total wind energy capacity across the continent with the remainder onshore. It connected 409 new offshore turbines to the grid over 18 projects last year and now has total installed capacity corresponding to 4543 grid-connected wind turbines.

Separately, 12 new offshore wind projects reached Final Decision Investment (FID) in 2018, while investments in new assets amounted to €10.3bn (£9.05bn). This financed 4.2GW of additional capacity, which will come on line in the coming years.

Three Scottish developments in the North Sea saw a total of 51 offshore turbines connected last year. The Beatrice 2 wind farm in the Moray Firth, European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off the coast of Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Pilot – a demonstration project in the same area – have a total capacity of 368.2MW.

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