Suitable Offshore Wind Locations
Offshore wind has numerous advantages over onshore wind: higher wind speeds, easy and rapid installation once you have the proper seajack equipment, no problems with ‘not-in-my-backyard’ activists, no sacrifice of valuable land, no ‘horizon pollution’, spectacular price decay, sheer limitless potential. Below an overview of projects at an advanced planning stage.
[source] Dutch offshore tenders
Dutch parliamentarians call for more ambitious 2023 target (up to 11 GW)
[offshorewind.biz] – Dutch MPs Call For Extension of 2023 Offshore Wind Capacity Target
[source] German Exclusive Economic Zone
[source] Belgium offshore plans. Operational: C-Power, Belwind and Northwind
[source] Belgium offshore tenders
[source] Due to its long coastlines, France is said to have the 2nd largest potential in Europe after the UK, although nothing is operational yet. The plan is 6 GW by 2020. Under development 2 GW: Saint-Nazaire, 480MW Courseulles-sur-Mer, 450MW Fécamp, 498MW Saint Brieuc, 500MW. France is eyeing floating wind turbine technology.
[source] New York unveiled a blueprint recently. Max potential 39 GW
[source] New 2 GW Gippsland coast offshore proposal
[Google Maps] – Yarram, Gippsland, Australia
[source] Bathymetric map of Gulf of Thailand.
Offshore wind potential 7 GW.
[wikipedia.org] – Gulf of Thailand
[offshorewind.biz] – Gulf of Thailand Could Host 7GW of Offshore Wind Power
[ieeexplore.ieee.org] – Offshore wind resource assessment of the Gulf of Thailand
[sciencedirect.com] – Offshore wind power potential of the Gulf of Thailand
[weben.dede.go.th] – Wind power and its potential in Thailand
Potential Taiwan Strait: feasible 15 GW, potential 147 GW. The Strait has one of the best shallow water wind resources in the world with average windspeeds of 12 m/s. No offshore wind farms yet.
[mofa.gov.tw] – Policy and Promotion of Offshore Wind Power in Taiwan
[4coffshore.com] – Global offshore wind speeds rankings
[niras.com] – Continued growth creates Taiwanese offshore wind adventure
[wikipedia.org] – Renewable energy in Taiwan
[flandersinvestmentandtrade.com] – The offshore wind sector in Taiwan
As of end 2016, China has 1.6 GW offshore wind power installed, modest compared to the impressive 161 GW onshore.
[reuters.com] – China’s offshore wind power plans lag, 2020 target under threat
[bloomberg.com] – China Can Expect a Surge in Offshore Wind Farms
[offshorewind.biz] – Dutch Explore Chinese Offshore Wind Potential
[hollandtradeandinvest.com] – Dutch efforts to market their maritime expertise in China [ppt]
[researchgate.net] – Feasibility study of offshore wind turbine installation in Iran