Welcome to the Offshore Wind Podcast, hosted by Ben Backwell and Stewart Mullin! Offshore wind is one of the world’s fastest growing energy sources, with strong year on year growth expected across the next few decades. Many nations are banking on offshore wind to play a major role in reaching their decarbonization and sustainability targets and helping their economies recover from the COVID-19 crisis. On the technology front, turbines are bigger and more powerful than ever, offshore wind farm capacity factors continue to rise and we are seeing a surge of interest from oil and gas giants seeking to transition their businesses away from fossil fuels, as well as increased competition from the developers who have championed offshore wind from day one.New markets in Asia, the Americas, and eventually Africa, accelerated growth in Europe, the rise of floating offshore wind and increasing interest in power-to-x solutions, are creating the basis for unprecedented growth in the industry. The offshore wind podcast series looks at the issues facing the offshore wind industry today, and opportunities for tomorrow.
Skills, Safety, and Diversity: The making of a global offshore wind workforce
The offshore wind sector is growing exponentially, with over 205 GW of new offshore wind capacity forecasted to be installed by the end of this decade. But, we need to make sure that there is a workforce in place, especially in emerging markets, in...
Future ports and coastal communities
The offshore wind industry is a major contributor to economic growth in coastal areas, bringing in investment to revive critical infrastructure such as ports and creating thousands of jobs in the community. However, there are many different...
Is floating offshore wind a game changer for the industry?
Floating offshore wind has the potential to increase offshore wind resource by a factor of ten, and is set to play and increasingly relevant role in the global energy mix. As of the end of 2019, 65.7 MW of floating offshore wind capacity was installed...
Mega-turbines and supergrids: What's at the cutting edge of offshore wind technology?
Offshore wind turbines have come a long way since the first project was installed in 1991. One of the main reasons that the offshore wind industry has been so successful is thanks to technology innovation, which has helped to reduce costs and open new...
Energy islands: the next step for offshore wind growth?
As offshore wind grows in scale as a power generation source, so does the need for large-scale interconnection between wind farms across different national boundaries. Energy islands, large-scale energy hubs with interconnections to surrounding...
China's offshore market - separate or just different?
China has quickly become the global new leader in offshore wind, and this trend is set to continue as we will see an installation rush over the next year as developers look to have their offshore projects connected to the grid before the subsidy expires...
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