Offshore wind power generation could rise globally from 29.1 GW last year to 234 GW in 2030, analysts at the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) say. They predict exponential growth of this clean energy sector in the Asia-Pacific region over the next 10 years, as well as continued strong growth in Europe.
GWEC specialists have published a report with an overview of the success of this renewable energy industry around the world. In it, the authors changed the forecast for 2030 to 15 GW, after a record high growth recorded in 2019, when new wind farms added 6.1 GW to the total bill. Since 2013, the offshore wind market has grown by almost a quarter, mainly due to the large number of new stations in Europe, which account for 75% of the total number of stations worldwide. However, in the next decade, the growth rate will pick up even more.
China topped the list for the second year in a row, adding a record 2.4 GW of new offshore wind farm capacity. In second place is the UK – 1.8 GW, in third – Germany with 1.1 GW. Among the regions, Europe continues to lead in terms of growth in wind energy generation, followed by the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and the United States. There will be 900,000 new jobs in the offshore wind energy sector over the next 10 years – and that number will only grow if lawmakers support measures to accelerate the growth of the sector.