By SOCAR USA
Although Britain is the world leader in offshore wind power, it is using only 1 percent of its potential.
In fact, its offshore wind capacity is six times larger than its current electricity demand.
That means it’s likely to continue developing its offshore potential. In fact, it may export some of its offshore-wind-generated power some day.
A key reason Britain is expected to continue adding offshore turbines is that costs are dropping.
The cuts led to offshore installations accounting for 24 percent of all wind projects in 2015, almost double the 13 percent of 2014.
Offshore projects cost more to build and maintain than onshore projects.
Anchoring a turbine to the seabed is more expensive than anchoring it on land. If the ocean is deep, floating turbines must be used – a costlier proposition than fixed turbines. And maintenance at offshore installations requires bringing in crews by ship.
The advantage of offshore projects is that winds are stronger and steadier than onshore, generating more power. This is especially truth of the North Sea, where most of Britain’s offshore installations are.
Britain has 40 percent of the world’s offshore capacity. Germany is second, with 27 percent.
The United States and China have made major commitments to wind power, but almost all their turbines are onshore. They have recently begun installing offshore power, however.
SOCAR USA is the U.S. representative office of SOCAR, the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, and is headed by Director Rauf Mammadov. The office was founded in 2012 and is engaged in generating awareness of the company’s global activities in the United States and exploring U.S.-based energy-industry opportunities.