Clarksons Renewables Intelligence Network sees a global potential for 14.5GW of power generated by 1,300 floating offshore wind turbines by 2030.
This represents a huge expansion for floating wind where only 10 projects of 124 MW are active, with a further 8 projects of 165 MW under construction. The forecast would see 96 floating offshore wind farms by 2030.
Floating wind is seen as allowing the development of new regional markets where offshore wind has previously not been feasible. Clarksons noted over 150 potential offshore wind projects, producing over 100GW, had been mooted by developers in 21 countries or regions.
“Floating wind poses new installation challenges for developers and our analysis examines which contractors and yards have already been active in the sector, as well as profiling the demands on the installation and support fleet, port infrastructure and the unique maintenance requirements of floating wind farms,” commented Steve Gordon, Managing Director of Clarksons Research