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Offshore Wind Energy: Ready to Power a Sustainable Europe

Funded under: FP5-EESD


The objective of the project Concerted Action on Offshore Wind Energy in Europe [CA-OWEE] is to define the current state of the art of offshore wind energy in Europe through gathering and evaluation of information from across Europe and to disseminate the resulting knowledge to all interested, in order to help stimulate the development of the industry. The project is being funded by the European Commission and will be completed at the end of 2001. The knowledge gathered will be freely available through an internet site, a workshop and a printed report.
This project divides offshore wind energy into five clusters of subjects and reviews the recent history and summarise the current state of affairs, relating to:
Cluster 1 offshore technology, of the wind turbines and the support structures,
Cluster 2 grid integration, energy supply & financing,
Cluster 3 resources & economics,
Cluster 4 activities & prospects,
Cluster 5 social acceptance, environmental impact & politics.
The conclusions from these surveys are then used to define recommendations for the future RTD strategy for Europe.
The project's 17 partners come from 13 countries, thus covering the majority of the European Community's coastline. The partners cover a wide range of expertise and include developers, utilities, consultants, research institutes and universities.

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