Will Offshore Wind Power Targets Get Blown Away?

by New member javiersoria on ‎09-14-2012 07:17 AM

Offshore wind power generation is based on the construction of wind farms far from shore where the wind resource is better. Nowadays, offshore wind energy has come to the forefront of most governments’ climate and energy strategies due to its contribution in fulfilling energy security, competitiveness, and cleanliness. 

Proof of this is the target set by the EU of 40 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2020 and 150GW by 2030. Furthermore, China has established a target of 30GW by 2020, whereas the US has recently proposed the development of 10GW by 2020 and 54GW by 2030.

A wind farm consists of several hundred individual wind turbines, of which the components are transported offshore and assembled on site. They are then interconnected through an offshore substation, which is in turn connected to shore. For this purpose, not only during installation but also throughout the operation period, a fleet of different vessels is required: turbine installation vessels, fast crew vessels, subsea cable layers, accommodation vessels, dredgers, survey vessels, etc. – a large part of which are equipped with Cat® and MaK engines.

But, let’s get an idea of the scale of the offshore wind goals. The existing worldwide capacity does not exceed 5GW, which means that 75GW should be constructed by 2020 in order to meet political targets. If we take into account that the main turbine manufacturers produce 5 megawatt (MW) units, we can conclude that more than 15.000 wind turbines are supposed to be installed in the coming years.

It looks clear to me that achieving governmental offshore wind targets is going to be a real challenge. Wind turbine manufacturers, structural manufacturers, electrical equipment suppliers, marine contractors, cable suppliers, construction contractors, port operators… do you really think the offshore wind supply chain is prepared to meet that demand?

Comments
by New member StephenvonB
on ‎05-20-2013 11:11 PM

Nice article. I do not believe that 5 MW wind turbines will be able to compete with the current prices of natural gas, which makes 2 on 1 combined cycle power plants so attractive. These power plants run in the hundreds of megawatts. 15,000 wind turbines ... that is a tremendous number.

by Trusted Contributor
on ‎06-13-2013 08:27 AM

There are two things which operate a windmill. 1 wind, 2 subsidy.

 

i dont want to be too negative but it will never be really profitable.

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