European research co-ordinated by TU Delft
Offshore wind technology ready for application
The technology for the construction and operation of offshore windfarms is ready for large-scale application. Companies in the fields of engineering and services are preparing to take part. This can be seen in the conclusions of the project Concerted Action on Offshore Wind Energy in Europe (CA-OWEE) of the European Union, in which seventeen parties from thirteen European countries have brought together knowledge on this subject from all over Europe. The Wind Energy section at TU Delft, which co-ordinated the project, has published a final report on the internet: www.offshorewindenergy.org.
The project Concerted Action on Offshore Wind Energy in Europe (CA-OWEE), was funded by the European Commission to stimulate the development of offshore wind-energy into an important energy source. Now that the technology is viable, the most important challenges lie in the reduction of costs, the building up of experience and confidence in the building and maintenance of large wind-parks, the connection of these parks to existing electricity networks and the consequences for the landscape and birds. The authors make suggestions for where further research should be focused.
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