The typical myths of offshore wind

The typical myths on offshore wind Do offshore wind turbines harm marine life...? Occasionally statements pop up stating that offshore wind energy might harm marine life But is that the truth or just a myth? During the construction and installation phase of offshore wind projects Fish and other marine life will naturally disappear. But evidence suggests that the fish and marine life actually reappear when the projects have completed And the foundations act as an artificial reef for marine life. Is offshore too expensive...? Another statement that often crops up is that offshore wind energy is too expensive. But is that just a myth or do the facts and figures tell a different story? Another debate and another myth out there is the cost of offshore wind. Some maintain it to be too expensive. But this debate about the cost of offshore wind energy is often very confusing. On the one hand we have high installation CAPEX costs, much higher than for onshore wind and this is for good reason. We are much further out at sea, in deeper waters, in a more challenging environment with limited weather windows. But what is key here is that with offshore we have stronger winds, steadier winds, and we can build larger turbines with much larger rotor diameters where we can capture much more energy from those turbines So it is the cost of energy that is key. That is the only relevant measure for the cost of offshore wind. Offshore wind is in its infancy and it is maturing. But as it matures and progresses up the learning curve we will see the gap between on- and offshore wind narrow. And in the future we expect to see cost reductions for offshore wind.

Learn more

Learn more about Vestas’ products, services and overall value proposition.

Extra material

Relevant extra material such as brochures, iPapers and websites about Vestas’ products, services and values.

Issue brief Offshore

Creating new jobs in a low carbon economy For policy makers

Read about Vestas’ 20 years in offshore. 20 years in offshore

Links

Recommended presentations about Vestas’ products, services and overall value proposition.

Exploit offshore wind resources Exploit offshore wind resources

Available with the 2 MW GridStreamer Worldwide grid compliance

Introduction to the training site for World of Wind Training Introduction

Vestas | Wind. It means the world to us. | The typical myths of offshore wind

Our 2 MW and 3 MW platforms have been upgraded to cover a wider range of wind conditions enabling you to mix turbines across your sites, delivering industry-leading reliability, serviceability and exceptional energy capture. Please visit vestas.com to learn more about the new product releases.