L'offshore wind is making its way in Europe and plans to award over two million jobs. Only in the first half of 2012, theoffshore has seen an increase of 50% compared to 2011. There are more than 130 offshore turbines installed in 2012 and over 160 are waiting to be connected to the grid.
By the end of 2012, between turbines in operation and those still not connected to the network, we could count 647 offshore wind turbines. In terms of electrical capacity, at the end of June there were 4,300 megawatts of power and the addition of a further 3.7000 MW is imminent; figures that should not surprise us given the forecasts made by the same European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
The EWEA, last year, drew up a report which indicated the goal ofoffshore wind: reach 150 GW by 2030 and even earlier to 40 GW by 2020. The EWEA forecasts do not differ much from reality as projects for a total of 114 GW are planned.
Among the European protagonists is Great Britain which it plans to install offshore turbines for 42 GW, while Germany plans plants for over 21 GW. Over the next 8 years, there will be more than eighteen Member States with offshore wind farms.
The creation of new infrastructures for the connection of plants, the production of turbines itself, maintenance, design and everything that revolves around theoffshore wind, plans to award over two million jobs within the next 8 years. It is clear that the sector ofoffshore wind it is booming and could help the critical situation of the Eurozone.
edited by Anna De Simone