The Crown Estate has today launched two pieces of work for the UK’s offshore wind industry: a report reviewing the performance of the UK’s operational offshore wind portfolio, and a high resolution modelled dataset for wind resource.
Offshore wind continues to be a UK success
Our report 'Offshore wind: Operational report 2015' provides a
unique overview of the UK sector, including articles on how the
industry is performing, the current development pipeline, who the
main players are, and how the industry is working together to boost
performance and bring down costs.
Offshore wind operational report
Huub den Rooijen, Head of Offshore Wind said: "The UK has more
offshore wind turbines than the whole of the rest of Europe put
together. As an active manager of the UK seabed, The Crown Estate
has a major role to play in identifying the common challenges
facing the industry and putting them on the agenda to help bring
down costs and ensure the UK remains the most attractive place to
invest in offshore wind.
"With the UK's offshore wind portfolio on course to double by
the end of the decade, this report demonstrates how the sector has
established a strong investment proposition underpinned by secure
and low carbon energy and is working hard to bring down costs."
Operational wind highlights include:
- Britain's offshore wind fleet generated a record 13.4 terawatt
hours (TWh), sufficient to meet the needs of almost 3.2m households
and up 18 per cent from 2013.
- Since the report went to print, the UK has reached another
major milestone - 5 GW of operational capacity, with a further 0.7
GW under construction and 5 GW in the near to mid-term
- The Cost Reduction Monitoring Framework report in February 2015
confirmed the UK offshore wind industry is on a path to reduce the
levelised cost of electricity generated by offshore wind to below
£100 per MWh by 2020.
- Progressive improvement in the long term load factor
(generation efficiency) is contributing to reducing the cost per
- Offshore wind accounted for 4 per cent of UK electricity
generated in 2014. All forms of UK renewables generation reached 22
per cent, exceeding nuclear output (19 per cent) for the first
- Every 1 MWh of renewable electricity generated avoids the
release of 0.86 tonnes of CO₂ equivalent (an overall 2014 saving of
A more accurate gridded wind resource dataset for the
We have published a major new modelled dataset for the UK's
offshore wind resource, more accurate than previous versions and
informed by a 30 year time horizon.
The modelling has been undertaken by the internationally
renowned Met Office using their world-leading Numerical Weather
Prediction capabilities, and verified against on-site wind
measurements to provide confidence in the dataset. The new wind
data provides a higher resolution picture of the UK's offshore wind
resource to help inform offshore wind farm planning and
Huub den Rooijen said: "We have worked closely with the Met
Office to produce the best offshore wind resource data for the UK.
By making the dataset freely available on our Marine Data Exchange
to different marine users we hope to contribute towards the
sustainable development of the seabed to unlock value and help
reduce the costs of offshore wind."
Patrick Sachon, Head of Renewables at the Met Office said: "We
are pleased to work with The Crown Estate to use our modelling
expertise and high performance computing capabilities to support
the UK offshore wind industry. We hope this dataset will be used
extensively by the industry; increasing understanding of our
offshore wind resource and enabling it to be exploited fully"
This modelled data builds upon the recently published on-site
offshore wind measurement data published by The Crown Estate and
adds to the major collection of surveys and technical information
already available through the Marine Data Exchange.
We take an active approach to managing the seabed to unlock
value from this natural asset, including through supporting the
offshore wind sector. We invest in activities such as technical
surveys and commissioning of reports, through to bringing industry
together to share knowledge and best practice. This is part of The
Crown Estate's positive approach to active asset management and
UK Offshore Wind Resource Dataset
UK Offshore Wind Resource Dataset 2015
(Marine Data Exchange)