Europe invested €27 billion in new wind farms in 2018, which will finance a record amount of future new wind energy capacity, according to WindEurope’s annual report. The amount invested is similar to previous years, but, thanks to cost reduction, especially in offshore wind, it will finance a record 16.7 GW of new wind capacity.
Germany will open the Arkona wind park, a giant wind farm out in the Baltic Sea. This is a joint venture of utility EON SE and Norway’s oil and gas giant Equinor. The wind farm was built in only three months and is located off the coast of Ruegen island. It is also able to generate enough power for 400,000 homes and is the largest wind farm in the Baltic.
Sweden ranks at the top of the ten countries reported to be the most ready for energy transition, according to World Economic Forum’s Energy Transition Index (ETI), comparing the energy sectors of 115 countries and analyzing their readiness for energy transition.
The Australian Government approved a deed of licence, allowing Offshore Energy Pty Ltd (OEPL) to undertake resource exploration for the Star of the South, the country’s first offshore wind farm. This licence allows OEPL to conduct activities to assess wind resources and seabed conditions, in order to understand if an offshore farm is technically feasible.
Offshore wind generation in the UK increased by 28% during 2018, resulting to a record-breaking 8% for UK’s electricity, as reported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The wind capacity rose by 1.2GW, due to large projects opening or being expanded, such as the 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm.
Speaking during the Port of Esbjerg’s annual meeting, Chairman of the Board Flemming N. Enevoldsen, informed that the wind business is flourishing. If Denmark succeeds in seizing the opportunity, the wind hub of the North Sea may prove to be the green equivalent of the Norwegian oil adventure, CEO of Energinet, Thomas Egebo, noted. In addition, more Ro-Ro cargo and more ship calls mean that the Port has delivered a satisfactory profit for 2018.
A consortium of Dutch companies, universities and knowledge institutions have teamed up on the ‘Gigawatt Electrolysis Factory’ project, recently kicked-off at the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology, aiming to investigate what it takes to build a gigawatt-sized electrolysis plant in the Netherlands around 2025-2030.
The Danish government has allocated DKK 50 million, 6.7 million euros, for new wind turbine testing facilities at the Lindø Offshore Renewables Center (LORC). Overall, the facilities will cost DKK 300 million. The grant given is the largest ever to be awarded for the Danish wind turbine industry, whereas the 600-800t nacelles set to be tested are also the country’s largest to date.
The British Office and Taiwan International Ports Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on joint co-operation of Taiwan’s offshore wind development. Under this cooperation, both countries will exchange information in the areas of policy, strategy, technology, operations and maintenance.
The Social Democratic Party, Denmark’s main opposition party, promised on adding two extra offshore wind projects that are to be commissioned by 2030, in addition to the three already existent projects in the energy agreement from 2018.
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