Wind energy currently makes up 15% of Europe’s energy mix. The majority of this is onshore. Offshore wind is just 2% at the moment. But it’s growing rapidly thanks to decreasing costs and improving technology. So offshore wind will be a major player in the future. But collaboration with the shipping sector will be key to delivering this.
Europe installed 15.4 GW of new wind energy in 2019. Three quarters of this was onshore wind, 11.8 GW, new offshore wind was 3.6 GW. Europe now has 205 GW of wind energy. And it accounted for 15% of all electricity consumption in Europe last year.
Wind turbines already have a recyclability rate of 85% to 90%. Making turbines 100% recyclable is an important task for the wind industry – and we are making significant progress in the right direction. Most components of a wind turbine – the foundation, tower, components of the gear box and generator – are recyclable and are treated as such.
Renewable energy and telecoms. Two sectors set to grow dramatically over the coming years. There is a great opportunity for both to work together to deliver the energy transition.
Can fisheries and offshore wind farms co-exist? This was the title of an event organised today by the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries (PECH). The answer to this question, of course, is yes – but the happy coexistence of offshore wind and fisheries require specific conditions. European institutions now need to connect stakeholders and provide a dedicated place for sharing best practices and solutions.
WindEurope participated in the Wind Integration Workshop. Held in Dublin from 16 to 18 October, the 18th edition of this event gathered international experts on grid integration from industry and academia.
On 21 October WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke at the Beijing Renewable Energy Investment Summit. The summit forms part of the China Wind Power event organised by the Global Wind Energy Council, and Dickson spoke on a panel about ‘Globalising the Energy Transition.’
Minister van Energie Marie Christine Marghem (MR) en Staatssecretaris voor de Noordzee Philippe De Backer (Open Vld) hebben een akkoord bereikt over het steunmechanisme voor de windmolenparken Northwester 2, Mermaid en Seastar. Dit akkoord werd zopas goedgekeurd door de Ministerraad.
In het Energieakkoord is de doelstelling opgenomen om in 2020 aan ongeveer 4 miljoen huishoudens duurzame energie te leveren door middel van windmolens op land.