Turning windpower promise into performance
Offshore wind generation is fast growing and has great potential to meet energy needs in the future in a sustainable way. But many challenges – technical, financial and logistical – need to be overcome if this new energy source is to come of age and take its place as an enduring and significant part of the generation mix. The coming few years will be ‘make or break’ time in deciding whether offshore windpower will be able to get on track to prove its place as a source of large-scale generation. Ultimately, it needs to show it can reach efficiencies and cost levels near enough to onshore installations to make it competitive in the energy mix.