China Surpasses Germany to Claim #2 in Offshore Wind Rankings

Highlights :

  • The UK ranks first in offshore wind rankings presented in the World Forum Offshore Wind’s first semi-annual report for H1 2021.
  • The report also finds that global offshore wind installations reached 34,137 MW at the end of June.

China has overtaken Germany as the world’s second largest offshore wind market with 7.9 GW of operational capacity, shows a new Global Offshore Wind report.

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The World Forum Offshore Wind’s first semi-annual report for 2021 also finds that global offshore wind installations reached 34,137 MW at the end of June. This demonstrates a slowdown in global offshore wind growth, likely caused by the adverse effects of COVID-19, the report states.

Key highlights of the report are as follows:

H1 2021: Slower offshore wind growth likely caused by adverse effects of COVID-19

  • With just over 1.6 GW of newly added capacity during the first half of 2021, global offshore wind growth has slowed down since the last year.
  • Globally, 6 new offshore wind farms went into operation in the following offshore wind markets: China, Denmark, the Netherlands and Taiwan.
  • The average size of a newly added offshore wind farm during the first half of 2021 is 261 MW compared to 254 MW during the 1st half of 2020.

Continued growth: Global offshore wind capacity surpasses 34 GW

  • Globally, installed offshore wind capacity reached 34.1 GW by the end of the 1st half of 2021.
  • The second half of 2021 is expected to see an acceleration of the global build-out of offshore wind capacity.
  • Worldwide, 169 offshore wind farms 4 are currently in operation in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Top markets: China overtakes Germany as the world’s second largest offshore wind market

  • China is growing rapidly with 834 MW of newly installed capacity during the 1st half of 2021, increasing its total installed capacity to 7.9 GW.
  • Germany lost its second place to China with a stagnant total of 7.7 GW and no new capacity added or under construction during 1st half of 2021.
  • Taiwan successfully installed its second commercial-scale offshore wind farm, Changhua Phase 1 (109 MW), which was completed in June 2021.

Construction: Strong growth in China and the UK

  • China’s dynamic offshore wind sector continues to grow rapidly with a total capacity of nearly 5.4 GW currently under construction.
  • Germany’s disruptive regulatory changes are reflected by zero construction activities in Germany for the third half-year in a row.
  • Taiwan continues its steady growth path with 640 MW currently under construction ahead of the Netherlands with 383 MW under construction.

Global offshore wind farms under construction

  • More than 10 GW of offshore wind capacity is currently under construction worldwide.
  • 53 % of the global offshore wind capacity is currently being constructed in China.
  • The average size of offshore wind projects under construction is 420 MW.

World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO) claims to be the world’s only organisation 100% dedicated to fostering the global growth of offshore wind energy. WFO’s international members represent the complete offshore wind value chain including utilities, manufacturers, service firms and non-profit organisations.

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