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With current operations in most of the major wind market regions globally, Wind Infinity has extensive and reputable experience to support our clients with their renewable energy projects. Wind Infinity has the capacity to provide data studies and market intelligence throughout the project cycle with our dedicated technical and research and development teams.
France has taken bold steps in supporting the floating wind sector by tendering four pilot sites in 2015 and awarding these in 2016. The winning consortia will receive 240 EUR/MWh. Each project has chosen a different floater design which will support three 8 to 10 MW turbines per site. While all projects have progressed significantly, the planned completion dates will be pushed into 2023. Nevertheless, the strong involvement of French stakeholders to date and the prospect of three 250 MW tenders from 2021 to 2023 should drive developments forward.
Norway is very serious about realizing floating wind projects. On 1 January 2021, the Norwegian government is opening up for applications for offshore wind in two coastal areas: Utsira and Sørlige Nordsjø 2. The average water depth at Utsira is 267 m and only suitable for floating wind. Sørlige Norsjø 2 has an average water depth of 60 m with areas suitable for both floating and bottom-fixed wind. Norway is also home to the world’s largest floating wind farm, the 88 MW Hywind Tampen which is currently under construction.
2020 is the second year of an offshore wind installation rush in China as project developers have to get their projects fully grid-connected before the end of 2021 in order to qualify the 0.85RMB/kWh FiT.
In Hebei Province, China, a 200 MW onshore wind farm that will use electrolysis to produce 10 MW of green hydrogen is due to be commissioned in 2022.
In October 2020, more than 400 companies in the Chinese wind industry adopted the Beijing Declaration which aims for 50 GW of annual installations from 2021 to 2025 and 60 GW from 2026 onwards. This would bring China’s cumulative wind capacity to 800 GW by 2030 and 3,000 GW by 2060.
The UK is the global leader in offshore wind with more capacity installed than any other country (10.4 GW). The UK Government has set the industry a target of reaching 40 GW by 2030, which represents a near-quadrupling of offshore wind capacity over the course of this decade. The UK already has the world’s largest floating wind farms with 30 MW of operational capacity in Scotland and a further 150 MW in the pipeline in Scotland and Wales. 
The industry believes it can reach 30 GW sooner, given the current pipeline. Overall, the industry expects that this year’s CfD auction will support up to 12 GW of new renewable capacity, unlocking over £20bn of new investment in the economy.
The new administration under President Joe Biden has many levers of power under the executive branch. The administration unveiled a series of Executive Orders (EO) in late January that aim to combat climate change and achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and a net zero economy by 2050.
Deployment of wind and other renewables towards net zero emissions is already strongly underway thanks to nongovernmental market forces in the US where wind has been growing relentlessly in recent years. This is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
With 4,437 MW of wind installations as of the end of 2020, including 65 MW of offshore wind, wind energy is becoming a mainstream source of support for Japan to reach its net zero target and decarbonise its heavy industry, such as steel manufacturing and shipping.
Following strong government industry coordination, led by the Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) and GWEC, the government unveiled its Offshore Wind Industry Vision in late 2020. This vision outlines a plan to allocate 1 GW of offshore wind capacity annually through 2030, as well as a supply chain development and cost reduction pathway to reach JPY 8-9/kWh of LCOE by 2035 and 30-45 GW of cumulative capacity by 2040, cementing Japan as one of Asia’s offshore wind leaders.
In its 3rd Energy Master Plan (EMP) launched in 2019, the government aims to increase the share of renewable electricity from the current 6.5% to 20% by 2030 and then 30-35% by 2040. Implementation of the 9th Basic Plan for electricity to 2030 is expected to strengthen energy regulatory guidelines in line with the new net zero pledge.
South Korea is targeting 9.2 GW of wind power by 2025 and 16 GW by 2030, of which 12 GW will comprise offshore wind. This may be an over-reach, considering the 1.5 GW of onshore wind and 145 MW of offshore wind installed today.
Taiwan’s offshore wind ambition is widely recognised as one of the most exciting emerging markets for offshore wind, driven by global coal retirement and a vision for a green economy. Taiwan has abundant wind resources however a lack of space on land means that most major developments are offshore. As of February 2020, there were 361 installed onshore turbines and 22 offshore turbines in operation with the total installed capacity of 845.2 MW.
The combined production value of Taiwan’s wind and photovoltaic (PV) power industries is forecast to surpass NT$2 trillion (US$71.94) billion by 2025, with the country making plans to invest heavily in the development of renewables.

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