For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the UK is being supplied with more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. This milestone has been achieved during the first five months of 2019. As UK’s National Grid says, clean energy is responsible for 48% of generation, in comparison to 47% from coal and gas, while the rest is biomass.
Eleven million people are working in renewable energy worldwide in 2018 according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency. This compares with 10.3 million in 2017. Offshore wind could be an especially attractive option for leveraging domestic capacity and exploiting synergies with the oil and gas industry.
The power sector is the single biggest market for energy, absorbing over 40% of primary energy in 2017, and leading the energy transition, through renewables and electrification, according to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy. Renewables accounted for almost half of the growth in power generation (49%).
The world’s most powerful single turbine was successfully installed on Monday, April 9, for Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland. Vattenfall also confirmed that it is one of two turbines that have been significantly enhanced with further internal power modes to generate more clean energy from the EOWDC.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy signed a MoU with Yeong Guan Energy Technology Group to collaborate on the development of an offshore wind supply chain in Taiwan. Currently, there are over 10 GW of projects under planning in Taiwan, which could make Taichung Harbor a regional hub for the offshore industry.
European offshore wind saw an increase of 25% in 2017, installing 3.1 GW of new offshore wind. Europe now has over 4,000 offshore wind turbines operating across 11 countries, making a total of 15.8 GW of installed and grid-connected capacity, according to statistics released by WindEurope.
Governor of New York Andrew M. Cuomo released the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, which will guide the development of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, enough to power up to 1.2 million homes with clean energy and support the creation of thousands of jobs.
In January, the two foundations for the Danish offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak, left the port of Ostend, Belgium with destination Koege. In Koege, the foundations will await the arrival of the Heavy Lift Vessel “Rambiz” and a suitable weather window, before the float off and installation can take place.
In support of the “America First Energy Plan,” the US BOEM published draft guidelines for the use of a “Design Envelope” approach in Construction and Operations Plans for offshore wind energy facilities in the US.
As part of its Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, Carbon Trust announced the launch of a multimillion euro project, designed to demonstrate how effective implementation of control strategies can reduce the cost of offshore wind.
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