Ten international organisations in the global offshore wind industry representing the entire value chain have come together to foster the industry's development.
The not-for-profit World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO) includes nine international companies along with the Business Network for Offshore Wind in the US, which represents more than 200 member businesses in the US. In addition to the network, the organisations involved include: DEME; EEW Special Pipe Constructions; Eon Climate & Renewables; Green Giraffe; innogy SE; Marsh GmbH; Northland Power; Suzlon Energy; and Watson Farley & Williams LLP.
“2017 and 2018 have proven to be the breakthrough years for offshore wind energy. It is therefore time to push for the global rollout of offshore wind,” said the WFO.
Eon Climate & Renewables chief operating officer Sven Utermöhlen said, “In a time of rapid global expansion of the offshore wind industry, the WFO is an excellent initiative.”
Suzlon Energy chairman Tulsi Tanti said, “WFO connects India and other emerging offshore countries with mature markets in Europe.”
Business Network for Offshore Wind chief executive and president Liz Burdock said “WFO is the perfect platform to bring the US offshore wind market closer to the rest of the rapidly growing global offshore wind market.”
innogy SE director of offshore investment and asset management Richard Sandford said, “Realising the potential of offshore wind is crucial to meeting European and global renewable energy targets. The WFO will help support global expansion.”
WFO is registered as a non-profit organisation in Germany, with offices in Hamburg and Singapore. It will work with governments around the world to advance offshore wind energy deployment and encourage politicians to take action and introduce legislation that allows offshore wind development to flourish.
The Offshore Wind Journal Conference in London on 5 February 2019 will address key issues including global market developments, increasing turbine sizes, floating offshore wind and industry regulations.