Europe's offshore wind industry prepares expansion push in pursuit of 450 GW

If offshore wind is to be Europe's preferred tool for securing its green energy transition, the fishing industry, national militaries and other maritime users must fall in line, a new report says – and billions must be spent on new cables.

Photo: Line Ørnes Søndergaard


The European offshore wind industry has taken off its gloves. The International Energy Agency's (IEA) polite note predicting that the whole of Europe could have as much as 127 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040 may be discarded, as can the applause to politicians' improved cooperation concerning the technology in the North Sea as well as phrases claiming that transitioning to renewable energy will be an inexpensive affair.

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