The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has formed a Floating Offshore Wind Task Force to drive global growth of floating offshore wind
Floating Offshore Wind Task Force chair Henrik Stiesdal said, “We are at a turning point for floating offshore wind, with rapid acceleration taking place in markets around the world.
“To ensure the success of the industry and achieve the cost reduction needed to ramp up deployment of the technology, we need to see co-ordination among the leading market players and share our experiences in the different pioneer markets emerging globally.
“This task force will be an important forum to facilitate this exchange and establish a common voice to provide best practices for the industry when entering new markets to expedite the immense growth potential of this important technology.”
GWEC chief executive Ben Backwell said, “Offshore wind will be a key driver of the energy transition, with some industry stakeholders calling for over 1,400 GW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2050.
“To reach this goal, expediting the development of floating offshore wind is crucial to deploy turbines in deeper waters and unlock up to 10 times more offshore wind resource than is possible with fixed-bottom turbines alone.
“We are thrilled to have Henrik Stiesdal chairing this important task force as a pioneer of the floating offshore sector, and are confident that through his insights and the experience of the other Task Force members, we will be able to address the most urgent barriers for growth of the sector and spur a new era of offshore wind.”
Members of the task force include stakeholders in the floating offshore wind sector including Equinor, GE Renewable Energy, Iberdrola, Ideol, the Japanese Wind Power Association, MHI Vestas, Ørsted, Principle Power, RenewableUK, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Shell, Stiesdal, wpd and The World Bank Group.
The first actions of the task force will be to define priority markets and engage with relevant local associations, policymakers and NGOs.
In June, Riviera held a series of webinars on offshore wind. These are available to view in our webinar library