118 new offshore wind turbines were fully connected to the grid in the first half of 2010 according to new statistics released by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). PES takes a closer look at the trends and figures behind the headlines in this exclusive report.
In the first six months of 2010, 118 offshore wind turbines were fully grid connected totalling 333 MW.
Overall, 16 offshore wind farms totalling 3,972 MW were under construction. The following work was carried out on those wind farms in the first six months of 2010:
• 118 turbines were fully grid connected1 totalling 333 MW in six farms: Rødsand and Poseidon in Denmark, Alpha Ventus in Germany, Gunfleet Sands, Robin Rigg and Thanet in the UK
• 263 turbines were installed (151 of which are awaiting grid connection totalling 440 MW) in seven farms: Belwind in Belgium, Rødsand and Poseidon in Denmark, BARD Offshore I in Germany, Greater Gabbard, Gunfleet Sands and Thanet in the UK
• 163 foundations were installed in nine farms: Belwind in Belgium, Rødsand and Poseidon in Denmark, Baltic I and BARD Offshore I in Germany, Greater Gabbard, Sheringham Shoal, Thanet and Walney I in the UK
• Four offshore wind farms became fully operational: Poseidon in Denmark, Alpha Ventus in Germany, Gunfleet Sands and Robin Rigg in the UK
• Preliminary work was carried out on a further four offshore wind farms: Global Tech 1 and Nordergründe in Germany, Ormonde and the London Array in the UK. No foundations or turbines were installed during H1 2010 at these farms.