Europe leads growing market in offshore wind power



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Offshore capacity on the rise despite high costs of installation.

The United Kingdom has approved plans for the world’s largest offshore wind farm: up to 300 turbines with a capacity of up to 1.8 gigawatts in the North Sea.

The country already leads the way in offshore wind power, accounting for 40% of the world’s 12 gigawatts of installed capacity. Germany follows with 27%. Offshore wind power still represents just 3% of the world’s installed wind capacity, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. But the market is expanding.