Europe knocks on 5 GW door

Thursday, 7 February, 2013 - 15:15

According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), 293 offshore wind turbines were connected to the grid in 2012. Their combined capacity amounts to 1,165 MW, meaning that in 2012 around 33 % more capacity was installed than in 2011 (874 MW). At the end of the year the total offshore wind energy capacity in Europe added up to 4,995 MW.

The 1,662 wind turbines in European waters are now distributed between 55 wind farms. Great Britain remains the most important player with 60% of the market, followed by Denmark (18 %), Belgium (8 %) and Germany (6 %).

In 2012 Siemens was once again the most important turbine supplier (74 % market share). Bladt was the leading supplier of foundation structures with 40 % of the market; Nexans and JDR both have a 22 % share of the market for cabling within wind farms. The most important manufacturer of export cables in 2012 was Prysmian (39 %). For DONG Energy a 19% share of the market in 2012, the same as in the previous year, was enough to make the company the most important project developer in Europe for the first time.

The EWEA's assessment of the market is, however, restrained: "Offshore wind power is growing solidly", is the evaluation of the Policy Director Justin Wilkes. "But solid installation figures do not alter the fact that the wind energy industry is being hit by political and regulatory instability, the economic crisis, the higher cost of capital and the current austerity measures", he added. Nevertheless, the prognosis made by the EWEA remains optimistic. Fourteen wind farms are currently being built, which will result in the installed capacity rising by a further 3,300 MW over the next two years.

Katharina Garus
 

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