Global offshore capacity nears 30GW with 6GW 2019 surge

20/03/2020 09:55 Wind


The offshore wind industry installed just over 6GW of new capacity in 2019, taking total capacity to 29GW, according to figures released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Last year’s installations marked a 35.5% increase on 2018, which saw 4.5GW installed.


Europe remained the largest market for offshore wind, accounting for 59% of the 6.1GW in new capacity additions last year, with Asia-Pacific accounting for the remaining 41%, GWEC found.


China remains the overall leader in new installations for offshore wind, adding more than 2.3GW capacity in 2019, with the UK and Germany in second and third place, installing 1.8GW and 1.1GW respectively.


Next is Denmark with 374MW, then Belgium with 370MW, followed by Taiwan with 120MW, then Portugal with 8MW, all of it floating, and Japan with 3MW, again, all of it floating wind capacity.


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