Posted on: 08/01/2019
A record 2.1GW of offshore wind capacity was installed in the UK during 2018, nearly double the previous record of 1.1GW brought online in 2012.
Average turbine capacity has risen by more than 50% during the past year, from 3.7MW to 5.8MW, meaning fewer towers need to be erected at each farm.
Projects opened during the past year included the Walney Extension – the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm – alongside Rampion and Race Bank, as well as the world’s second floating offshore wind farm, Kincardine, off the coast of Scotland.
Work will continue in the coming year on Beatrice in the Moray Firth, which is due to go fully operational, along with construction work continuing on East Anglia One and Hornsea Project One off the Yorkshire coast, which will both to be fully operational in 2020.
‘Just the beginning’
Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director at trade body RenewableUK, said: “We’re thrilled that we’ve absolutely smashed previous records and installed more new offshore wind power stations than ever before.
“This is just the beginning of the great shift to renewables."
“By 2030, offshore wind could be generating more than a third of the UK’s entire electricity needs, with 30GW up and running.”