A new report released today (6 February) from WindEurope highlights a record year for Europe and UK offshore wind projects. Diving into the data, edie brings you seven surprising statistics, from the continent’s booming offshore industry. Of the new capacity added to the grid in 2017, the UK and Germany accounted for the most, adding 1.7 GW and 1.3 GW respectively. But it is the UK that leads the charge for offshore wind projects, accounting for 53% of all net capacity brought online. In fact, 67% of all net capacity installations occurred in the North Sea. A further 400MW deriving from UK Round 3 projects will connect to the grid in 2018. The offshore market will continue to centre around the UK, as the nation adds 3.3GW of new grid-connected capacity by 2020 – well ahead of Germany’s scheduled 2.3 GW pipeline.
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