An additional 2.5 gigawatts of new offshore wind capacity was added during the first half of 2020, according to the World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO), Kallanish Energy reports.
The Global Offshore Wind Report H1 2020, published on Thursday by WFO, found that an extra 2.53 GW of offshore wind capacity had been installed globally since the beginning of the year, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As such, by the end of June this year, total global offshore wind capacity in operation rose to 29.8 GW, with 157 offshore wind farms currently operating across the world – 105 in Europe, 50 in Asia and two in the U.S.
During the first-half of the year, WFO found that 10 new offshore wind farms went into operation, spread across the UK, China, Germany, Belgium, Portugal and the U.S. The average size of the new additions was 254 megawatts (MW), below the average level recorded for new farms the previous year (325 MW).
WFO stated that it expects continued expansion of global offshore wind capacity during the second-half of the year.
Regionally, the UK remains the world’s largest offshore wind market, totalling 10.4 GW of installed capacity, followed by Germany (7.7) and China (6.3 GW). Meanwhile, “wind pioneer” Denmark’s offshore wind capacity (1.7 GW) fell below that of Belgium (1.8 GW) during the period.
In terms of new capacity added during the first-half of 2020, China recorded 1.4 GW of newly installed offshore wind capacity, while the UK and Germany recorded 714 MW and 203 MW respectively.
With 4.6 GW of offshore wind capacity currently under construction, China’s offshore wind capacity is set to grow rapidly. Elsewhere, WFO recorded capacity under construction of 1.5 GW in the Netherlands, 857 MW in the UK, 605 MW in Denmark and 487 MW in Belgium.
The WFO noted that Germany recorded no new offshore wind capacity construction projects during the first half of the year due to “disruptive regulatory changes.”
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