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A new British study has shown that by 2020 there could be a significant reduction in the cost ofoffshore wind energy. With this reduction, the British government will be able to achieve the goal set by the Renewables 2011 roadmap but the entire sector of renewable could benefit from it.
The goal set for theoffshore wind sees the achievement of a capacity of 18 GW, with the cost reduction of this sector, the British goal seems to be upon us. The survey was conducted by "The Crown Estate" which in nine months examined the data of over 100 companies and organizations showing that a cost reduction it is also possible within theoffshore wind.
Thanks to government plans, the United Kingdom has an excellent chance of becoming a world leader in the industryoffshore wind. To allow the cost reduction of industry offshore wind Four different paths have been identified as follows:
- greater efficiency of technology offshore
- optimization of the supply chain
-reduction of production costs
Overall, the study showed that the cost ofoffshore wind energy could be brought below 100 pounds per megawatt-hour produced, the only condition is the achievement of a capacity of 17-18 GW by 2020. The study highlights key opportunities induced by the cost reduction ofoffshore wind:
- introduction of more performing and more reliable turbines
- greater competition in procurement markets, from the United Kingdom, in Europe, up to the Far East
- early involvement of suppliers
-better turbine design
- optimization of installation methods
- optimization of maintenance operations
Rob Hastings, Energy & Infrastructure Portfolio Director in a press release stated that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for reducing the cost ofoffshore wind energy and it is necessary that all operators in the sector do their part.
On the front offshore wind, a real one was established in Great Britain Task Force for cost reduction and Andrew Jamieson is in charge. The success of this Task Force will have decisive repercussions globally. Cost reduction is more than just an aspiration, the Task Force intends to work closely with key industry organizations to chart the way forward.
The step of Great Britain will allow the sector ofoffshore wind to grow and be stronger. This means production of renewable energy from the wind but also safer forms of energy supply and the opening of new employment positions.