According to new statistics released today by WindEurope, 2017 was a record year for offshore wind in Europe after total capacity reached 15.8 gigawatts (GW)- an impressive increase of 25 percent in just one year.
A total of 13 new offshore wind farms were commissioned adding 3.1 GW. However, offshore wind in Europe is highly concentrated in a small number of countries as almost 98 percent is in the UK, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium.
More specifically, in 2017 the UK installed 1.7 GW accounting for more than 50 percent of EU’s aggregated additions and Germany 1.3 GW.
The year also saw the launch of a new wind technology, after Scotland commissioned the world’s first floating offshore wind farm. France also developed its first 2 megawatts (MW) offshore wind farm, Finland added 60MW and Belgium added another 165MW.
The previous record year was 2015 when additions reached 3GW. In 2016, new offshore wind experienced a steep decline as new projects accounted for roughly 1.5 GW.