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The European ambitions for offshore wind energy

Finn Gunnar Nielsen discusses international ambitions for the development of offshore wind energy and the available offshore wind resources in Europe.

In this lecture, I will discuss international ambitions for the development of offshore wind energy. The offshore wind resources in European waters are illustrated.

Learning outcome.

Understand present global ambitions for development of offshore wind energy.

Understand that available wind resources are limited by several factors.

Understand the order of magnitude of the ocean areas needed for the present development plans.

After having watched the video, reflect upon the following questions:

  • In your opinion, what are the main obstacles for EU towards the 2050 aim for offshore wind energy?
  • Which factor may influence the need for ocean area needed for the planned wind farm developments?
  • What kind of conflicts do you foresee in realizing the European ambitions?

The above questions will be addressed in later lectures in this course.

Further reading:

The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change: Updated Opportunities for Action, 2023.

Bosch, Jonathan, Iain Staffell, and Adam D. Hawkes. 2018. “Temporally Explicit and Spatially Resolved Global Offshore Wind Energy Potentials.” Energy 163: 766–81.

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