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Offshore wind turbines could number 30,000 by 2030 – new ideas in ocean engineering are needed to install them

By Susan Gourvenec, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies - Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering, University of Southampton
Rebecca Sykes, Adjunct Fellow in Ocean Engineering and Ecological Designer, University of Southampton
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The UK is planning to install 40 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 – enough to provide electricity to every home in the country. This would require 5,000 wind turbines – double the number installed offshore worldwide at the end of 2020. Current projections indicate 234 gigawatts of offshore wind energy will be installed globally by 2030, which could mean around…


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