China Takes Offshore Wind Crown, Eyes Exports

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China — a relative latecomer to the offshore wind party — has finally leapfrogged ahead of more established European players to become the global leader in harnessing the wild winds at sea. In 2021 alone, the country singlehandedly erected a staggering 17 gigawatts of new offshore wind turbines, equivalent to the amount added globally in the previous three years. This took China’s cumulative installed offshore wind capacity to 26 GW as of end-2021, well ahead of its closest rivals the UK, at 10 GW, and Germany, at 8 GW. China now accounts for about half of the world's installed offshore wind capacity, usurping its European counterparts in the span of only about a decade in terms of market size.

Renewable Electricity , Emerging Technologies
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