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OFFSHORE WIND POWER, A WAVE OF CARBON-FREE ENERGY

WIND ENERGY

By ENGIE - 08 September 2022 - 12:23

Installed all along coasts, there is an increasing number of offshore wind farms channelling wind to produce renewable, carbon-free energy. We cover all there is to know about this leading energy for a diverse and balanced energy mix.

 

Offshore wind: definition

Although they may be similar in some respects to their onshore counterparts, offshore wind farms are significantly more powerful. Here is a presentation of these sea windmills...

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Offshore wind, a green energy for the future

Green energy based on a now mature technology – offshore wind power – is at last beginning to really take off all around the world. But how do these offshore wind turbines work? What are their advantages? And what can we expect in the coming years? It’s all in here…

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6 things to know about offshore wind farms

Energy from the open sea… Thanks to offshore wind farms, this sustainable and inexhaustible energy source is transformed into electricity. Want to know more about this energy that has everyone talking? There you go!

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Offshore wind power: A key sector to the energy transition

Why is offshore wind energy on the rise? How does it meet the desire of governments to be more energy independent while developing renewable energy? What are its assets? Grzegorz Gorski, Ocean Winds’ COO, looks back at the reasons for the success of this renewable energy.

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Are offshore wind farms and biodiversity compatible?

The first offshore wind farm in the world was inaugurated in 1991 in Denmark. It is a source of precious experience for experts, scientists and energy operators, as they unite their efforts and gather knowledge about biodiversity in order to minimise the impact of offshore wind farms on marine fauna and flora. So, are offshore wind farms and biodiversity compatible? Keep reading to find out!

One conviction: offshore wind helps accelerate towards carbon neutrality

Today is a critical time. The manifestations of climate change are multiplying and growing; and the European geopolitical context is putting the entire energy sector under pressure. For a fair transition and sustainable supply security, a balanced energy mix is essential. At ENGIE, we believe that offshore wind is one of the pillars to this fair transition. The development opportunities and high performance capacity of offshore wind are huge. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), offshore wind energy could provide almost 36,000 TWh of electricity per year, nearly the world’s electricity demand by 2040. We must all - companies, governments, local authorities - capitalize on this potential! This is what we do through Ocean Winds, our 50-50 joint venture with EDP Renovàveis. Our goal is to become one of the five largest offshore wind farm operators in the world. Because we know that offshore wind is one of the keys to accelerating towards carbon neutrality.

 

Ocean Winds, a joint venture to develop offshore wind farms

ENGIE has joined forces with EDP Renovaveis to develop and support these projects. A collaboration that’s already yielding results.

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Ocean Winds: a symbol of the rise of offshore wind power

With 14 projects in progress in seven countries, Ocean Winds is aiming to become a world leader in offshore wind power. This 50-50 joint venture between ENGIE and EDPR has an offshore wind power portfolio totalling 14.5 GW (in operation, under construction and in the advanced development phase), or the equivalent of 11 nuclear tranches. But how has it achieved this remarkable success? Read it all here.

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Offshore wind power is on the rise in France

Today, there are almost 5,800 offshore wind turbines installed in Europe. Only 27 of them are in France, in the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, which will eventually total 80 wind turbines and started producing electricity this year. France has set itself the target of 50 offshore wind farms by 2050 in order to speed up the deployment. Read more.

The future of offshore wind is already upon us

Research in renewable energy is constantly evolving, and offshore wind is already delivering on its promises. What if working in offshore wind energy meant working for tomorrow? Discover the jobs in the sector.

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Offshore wind power is recruiting

The energy transition is underway and with it, the rise of renewables, which is changing the map of energy professions. By 2030, it is estimated that 14 million new jobs will be created in the energy sector. Offshore wind energy is no exception to this trend: new opportunities are emerging, and the sector has serious assets to attract talent. Read Estrella Martin Segurado’s interview, who is Chief People & Organization Officer at Ocean Winds. Read the interview

ENGIE operates wind farms in the four corners of the world

Whether already installed, under consideration or edging completion, offshore wind projects are taking off. Here are two emblematic projects, one of which already produces 40% of a country’s electricity consumption! 

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How can we improve a country's energy independence using a renewable energy source?

Scotland, a country of moors and mountains with a little over five million inhabitants, has committed to a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2045. But how can this country generate renewable electricity? The answer lies in the power of the oceans surrounding it. Discover the Moray East project.

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How can the efficiency of floating wind turbines be optimized?

Floating (or marine) wind turbines offer a raft of advantages: often located further from the coast, they benefit from stronger and more constant winds than land-based turbines. As a result, thanks to its increased power output, a floating wind turbine can produce up to twice as much energy as an onshore wind turbine! But how can these “offshore” wind farms be installed in waters that are too deep for fixed-foundation turbines? Discover the WindFloat Atlantic project.