Vietnam, Philippines – the offshore industry knows no global boundaries. Stakeholders are always on the lookout for new markets. The action isn’t just in Europe anymore. The approx. 8,000 participants of WindEurope Offshore in Copenhagen were also of the same mind. At the end of November, representatives of offshore companies met there and exchanged ideas about new markets and technologies.
New EU commission with ambitions in the energy sector
Fighting climate change and reducing CO2 emissions are the stated objectives of the new EU commission under Ursula van der Leyen. A total of nine EU member states have presented very ambitious offshore plans, significantly more than just a few years ago.
Denmark as a role model
Excellent conditions reign supreme for project developers in Denmark, the motherland of the offshore wind industry. The first offshore farms originated here at the end of the 1970s. Currently, three new offshore projects are being developed with a total output of 950 MW and an “energy island” is also in the planning stages. It is no surprise that a fourth of the exhibitors come from Denmark and even the Danish Crown Prince Frederik did not want to miss the opportunity to kick off the event.
UK: Sector deal and major political support
Along with Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, the UK also plays a major role in the European offshore landscape. The UK has the largest capacity worldwide with approx. 8 GW of installed power. This value is even expected to rise to 30 GW by 2030. The industry is experiencing major political support, which was rooted in the sector deal in early 2019. It promises the industry an additional 250 million pounds of investments. In particular, the waters off the Scottish coast offer major potential for floating offshore farms as well.