European Offshore Wind Heading Record Year 

From Renewable Energy One hundred and eighteen new offshore wind turbines were fully connected to the grid in the first half of 2010 according to new statistics released today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Those 118 turbines have a capacity of 333 megawatts (MW) – well over half the 577 MW installed offshore last year – showing continuing strong growth in offshore wind power despite the financial crisis.

In addition, 151 turbines (440 MW) were installed but not yet connected to the grid, EWEA revealed this week. Overall 16 offshore wind farms totalling 3,972 MW were under construction. Of these, four became fully operational: Poseidon in Denmark, Alpha Ventus in Germany, Gunfleet Sands and Robin Rigg in the UK. Read more

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