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Issue 57 of the research*eu results magazine – Shaping the future of offshore wind

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Issue 57 of the research*eu results magazine – Shaping the future of offshore wind
Offshore wind is considered by many as a cornerstone of an energy independent Europe: in 2015, Europe counted over 3 000 offshore wind turbines in 82 farms spanning 11 countries, for a total of 10.39 GW of wind energy capacity. This figure is expected to grow to 23.5 GW by 2020, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Its proposed ‘offshore wind scenario’ could save Europe some EUR 18 billion on fuel imports.

Research and development is crucial to reaching this objective: despite significant industry efforts and funding of research under the sixth and seventh research framework programmes, there is still room for improvement to make offshore wind turbines more efficient, more cost-effective and more reliable. The current trend — which sees turbines growing bigger and being installed further away from European shores — will require novel technologies, notably new turbines and components, novel offshore technology, further system integration and better resource management and spatial planning.

In this issue of the research*eu results magazine, we shed light on eight EU-funded projects. From floating structures to easier and more cost-effective maintenance, superconducting technology, risk assessment solutions, grid development and innovative instalment techniques, all aspects of offshore wind innovation are covered.

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The research*eu results magazine is the main source of information for all findings related to EU-funded science projects. It covers a large spectrum of topics including biology and medicine, environment, energy, transport, ICT, industrial technologies, social sciences and space. It is published 10 times per year in English.

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Source: Based on information from the research*eu results magazine n°57

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