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BTJ 6/2012 - Offshore wind energy

Publication date: 2013-01-24

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BTJ 6/2012 - Offshore wind energy

Europe’s strongest winds are to be found offshore, as all sailors and surfers know. But generating power from sea wind is not something done just like that, in a blink of an eye. Taking tonnes of concrete and steel into the open sea requires well-prepared ports, ships and swift supply chains, not to mention cabling back the fruits of hard work.

More than a sea breeze. Offshore wind energy ports, vessels and supply chains by Anne-Bénédicte Genachte (EWEA)

The 6/2012 issue of Baltic Transport Journal in the Special section features also:

Gérôme Guillet and Meriem Essadki (Green Giraffe Energy Bankers), Financing the wind. Situation and prospects for BSR offshore wind energy

At the end of 2012, 704 MW of offshore wind capacity is operational in the Baltic Sea, with another 448 MW under construction. There are sufficient wind resources to develop approximately 40 GW of off-shore wind energy capacity in the area. However, such development of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea will largely depend on the regulatory frameworks offered in the various countries surrounding the sea.

Marcin Wełnicki and Katarzyna Osiecka-Brzeska, Sow the wind… The Baltic offshore wind energy sector sets its eyes on future

Traditionally, it is the North Sea that has been considered the home of European offshore wind farms, due to its strong prevailing winds, with countries like Germany and Denmark using their shores for power since the 1990s. Now it looks as though it will have to share that mantle with the Baltic Sea.

Please check also the PDF PREVIEW of BTJ 6/2012

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