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Windfarm installations are expected to double to record global levels this year, after a short-lived COVID-19 slowdown, according to the Global Wind Energy Council, or GWEC.
The group’s annual report found that the world’s offshore windfarm capacity grew by 6.1 gigawatts (GW) last year, down slightly from a record 6.24 GW in 2019, but would rebound to more than 12 GW in 2021 powered by an offshore wind boom in China.
China led the world in new installations for the third year in a row with more than 3 GW of offshore wind grid connected in 2020, and remains on track to surpass the UK as the world’s biggest offshore wind market by the end of the decade.
The world’s second largest economy connected more than 3 GW of offshore wind to its electricity grid last year, almost half the global total, while installations in smaller Asian countries such as Taiwan and Vietnam stalled due to COVID-19 delays.
GWEC has forecast a fresh record year for offshore wind growth in 2021 as China’s wind industry rushes to... Read more