European wind power capacity witnessed an increase of 51% in 2010 over the previous year, with the installation of 308 new offshore wind turbines in Europe in 2010.
In total, 883MW of new capacity was installed in 2010 in nine wind farms in five countries, bringing the total capacity to 2,964MW, according to a European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) report.
According to the report European Offshore Wind Industry – Key Trends and Statistics 2010, the installed offshore wind power capacity now supplies the equivalent of 2.9 million average EU households with electricity from 1,136 offshore wind turbines.
With a total installed offshore wind capacity of 1,341MW, the UK is the largest producer of offshore wind power, followed by Denmark at 854MW and the Netherlands with a capacity of 249MW.
Currently, ten European wind farms are under construction with a total capacity of 3,000MW, which will more than double the installed capacity of the 45 existing grid-connected offshore wind farms.
If the already consented offshore installations with wind capacity of 19,000MW are constructed, it would generate enough electricity to serve 14 of the largest capitals in Europe, according to the EWEA research.
EWEA forecasts that between 1,000MW and 1,500MW of new offshore wind power capacity is expected to be fully grid connected in Europe during 2011.