The power of offshore wind farms in the European Union (EU) increased by 883 megawatts (MW) in 2010, up 51% over the previous year, bringing the total capacity of such generation capacity stood at 2,964 MW.
According to a statement from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), last year there were installed nine offshore wind farms, 308 new turbines that produce electricity at a value of 2,600 million euros
In total, all wind power plants offshore, as well as the facilities are named in the sea, the EU added 1,136 turbines that generate from 11.5 terawatt hours (TWh).
In addition, these plants have sufficient capacity to supply electricity to about 2.9 million households, an amount equivalent to the cities of Berlin and Brussels together.
For 2011, the EWEA fully expected to be connected between 1,000 and 1,500 MW new renewables such throughout the EU.
Currently under construction are also ten new facilities with 3,000 MW in the future will double the current installed capacity of 45 plants in operation, which must be added a number of projects approved but not yet started and that could add other 19,000 MW.
The UK is the EU country that produces more offshore wind energy, with approximately 45% of the total, followed by Denmark (29%), Netherlands (8%) and Belgium (6%), according to the EWEA .
Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Ireland also have plants of this kind, although their generating capacity is much lower.
At present, Spain has no plant offshore, while, according to EWEA, we have had projects pending approval study and together reach 6,700 MW.
In addition, in 2010, 21 companies presented 29 new models of turbines in Europe and is expected in the next two years 33 more companies to launch 44 models.