Potential for 1,300 floating offshore wind turbines by 2030

Clarkson’s Renewables Intelligence Network sees a global potential for 14.5 GW of electricity generated by 1,300 floating offshore wind turbines by 2030.

This represents a huge expansion for Floating Wind, where only 10 projects of 124 MW are active and another 8 projects of 165 MW are under construction. The forecast calls for 96 floating offshore wind farms by 2030.

Floating wind is seen as an opportunity to open up new regional markets where offshore wind has not previously been viable. Clarksons noted that over 150 potential offshore wind projects exceeding 100 GW were being discussed by developers in 21 countries or regions.

“Floating wind poses new installation challenges for developers and our analysis examines which contractors and shipyards have already worked in this sector and profiles the requirements of the installation and support fleet, port infrastructure and the unique maintenance needs of floating wind farms. ‘ commented Steve Gordon, Managing Director of Clarksons Research.

Leading developers currently include Equinor, Cobra, Ocean Winds and Windplus, with leading potential seen from Bluefloat, Hexicon, Oceanex, Aqua Ventus and Scottish Power.

“The broader offshore wind industry continues its exciting growth trajectory, and our long-term scenarios suggest that offshore wind could play a critical role in the energy transition, accounting for between 6% and 9% of the world’s energy supply by 2050,” said Gordon. This compares to just 0.3% today.

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