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30% annual growth in global pipeline of offshore wind energy projects

22 July 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rob Norris
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New research published today by RenewableUK shows the global pipeline of offshore wind energy projects which are operational, under construction, consented or being planned has soared by 30% in the last twelve months from 122GW to 159GW.

The statistics are revealed on the first day of RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind V-Fest (virtual festival), which is focussing on the major role that offshore wind is set to play in the green economic recovery worldwide.  

Our latest Offshore Wind Project Intelligence report shows that the UK has retained its top spot, dominating the market with a pipeline of 38.9GW – a quarter of the global total. China has moved up from 4th to 2nd place with 19.3GW – an increase of 7.3GW, up 60%.

The USA stays in 3rd place, up from 15.7GW to 17.8GW, an increase of 13%, while Germany has dropped from 2nd to 4th place as its total of 16.5GW has remained almost the same over the last 12 months, adding just 68MW. Taiwan stays fifth with its project pipeline growing by 28% from 8.9GW to 11.4GW.

In 6th place, the Netherlands has soared from 6.5GW last year to 11.3GW, an increase of 74%. Ireland has witnessed an extraordinary growth from 3.2GW last year to 8.2GW this year, rocketing to number 7 with an increase of 156%. Poland is 8th with 6.2GW, Denmark 9th at 4.7GW and Vietnam is 10th with 3.6GW.

RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Melanie Onn said: “In the current economic crisis, these new figures show that offshore wind is one of the major growth opportunities worldwide. In the UK alone, we estimate that next year’s auction for renewable power could secure over £20bn of new investment. Our latest Offshore Wind Project Intelligence report highlights the global potential for offshore wind to drive a green economic recovery.

“It’s great to see the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry remains in pole position - other countries are following our lead and catching up fast, but we remain by far the biggest market for offshore wind in the world.

“This is a global industry and the UK’s offshore wind supply chain has increasing opportunities to sell our goods and expertise overseas, as we take on a new role on the global stage after Brexit. We’re already exporting to Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, and the value of our offshore wind exports is set to increase fivefold to £2.6bn by 2030 for UK companies”.

The top 5 countries represent 65% of the total global pipeline, with 104GW of capacity between them. Europe has 60% of the pipeline with 96GW.  

In terms of operational capacity, the UK still leads the world with 9.7GW, Germany is 2nd at 7.5GW, China 3rd with 3.3GW, Belgium 4th at 1.8GW, Denmark 5th with 1.7GW.


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  1. More details on our Project Intelligence reports, available to RenewableUK members, are available hereThe figures have been calculated by RenewableUK’s Project Intelligence team over the last 12 months, ending on 1st July 2020:


  2. More details on RenewableUK’s 3-day Global Offshore Wind Virtual Festival (V-Fest) are available here. Delegates will see and hear live sessions in which leading decision-makers in the global offshore wind industry will unveil their plans for the future and answer questions. Key themes include how to accelerate the global energy transition to reach net zero emissions and the latest technological innovations in offshore wind which will help to get us there, working in the new post-virus environment worldwide. RenewableUK’s Project Intelligence team will present specially-tailored market updates focussing on the UK, the rest of Europe, the USA and Asia. Supply chain presentations on floating wind and cables will offer insights into opportunities coming up to secure new multi-million-pound contracts. There will be a virtual exhibition which allows delegates to interact online with individual companies who will have booths online at the three-day event. Delegates will also be able to visit a virtual networking longue to attend “meet the buyer” events and B2B roundtables, as well as holding one-to-one meetings. The event is being held ahead of RenewableUK’s 19th annual Global Offshore Wind event which will take place on 27th-28th October at Manchester Central, where 200 speakers are being lined up to address 4,500 delegates. 160 exhibitors will attend from 50 countries, making this event, and V-Fest, the most important events in the international wind industry’s calendar.

  3. RenewableUK revised events programme is available here.

  4. RenewableUK’s members are building our future energy system, powered by clean electricity. We bring them together to deliver that future faster; a future which is better for industry, billpayers, and the environment. We support over 400 member companies to ensure increasing amounts of renewable electricity are deployed across the UK and to access export markets all over the world. Our members are business leaders, technology innovators, and expert thinkers from right across industry.

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