101 new offshore turbines in European waters

According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) this newly installed offshore wind energy capacity in Europe represents growth of 4.8% in comparison with the same period of last year. The average size of the turbines has also increased: from 2.9 MW in the first half of 2010 to the current 3.4 MW.

Positive trends can be seen in the offshore wind industry, reports EWEA Chief Executive Christian Kjaer. The industry is slowly recovering from the financial crisis, he says, but the continuing difficult economic situation could bring renewed dangers to further development. There are currently 11 offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 2,844 MW and a value of €8.5 billion being built. According to EWEA statistics, by 30th June there were a total of 1,247 offshore wind turbines with a capacity of 3,294 MW connected to the grid in 49 offshore wind farms distributed over nine European countries.

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