The new offshore installations contributed with 3.6 GW of the total, according to Wind Europe

The beginning of the year is the perfect occasion to make an evaluation of the achievements of the previous 12 months. In the case of the renewables sector, it is essential to analyse how Europe is evolving to complete the goals related to get a more sustainable and environmentally friendly performance.

Wind Europe, one of the most relevant voices in the wind energy industry of the continent, has made a report focused on the impact of the onshore and offshore wind farms during 2019. According to the results, 15% of the electricity consumed in Europe last year was generated by wind.

In total, Europe installed 15.4 GW of new wind energy in 2019. Three quarters of this was onshore wind, 11.8 GW, meanwhile new offshore wind was 3.6 GW. These data contribute to have 205 GW of wind energy in Europe.

Keep installing wind energy is a crucial step for the development of the renewable energy industry and shows how concern about the need of investment in sustainable sources has risen over the years. In addition, following this path will make advanced technologies like the ones that are being developed and tested in ROMEO project  more relevant.

The Wind Europe’s feature also presents those European countries with more investment in wind energy installations between January and December of 2019. Comparing to 2018, these new facilities were up 27%, being the United Kingdom and Germany the countries with more new offshore wind farms.

Other regions that had a high rate of new wind farms in 2019 were Spain and Sweden. Moreover, the first country reached the best results in installations since 2009 and the Nordic country also achieved a record number of new wind energy facilities.

ROMEO project (Reliable OM decision tools and strategies for high LCoE reduction on offshore wind) is backed by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission and aims to develop advanced technological solutions to reduce the operation and maintenance costs of offshore wind power facilities.