Recent reports from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has shown that the North Sea is where 90% of global offshore wind farms are based. The impressive amount of renewable energy gained in this region has, according to the report, landed the UK as one of the top ‘pioneers in the sector.’
More good news from the research conducted revealed that many new renewable energy projects are able to now compete directly with fossil fuel powered electricity thanks to the decreasing cost of electricity. This leads to less reliance on fossil fuels in the energy industry helping to create a positive shift to cleaner energy to reduce climate change.
The report also detailed that in 2017, offshore wind generated 6% of the power used in the UK and that with government backing and investment this number could rise to 20% in the 2020s. The IRENA report also took note of how the recent Contract for Difference (CfD) has helped the UK to secure more offshore wind energy contracts. The Minister for Clean Growth and Climate Change mentioned earlier this year that, he would be supporting further CfD actions backed by a budget of £557 million.
The overall findings of the study, indicates that the UK is currently a global leader in offshore wind energy developments and with continued interest, research, development and investment could remain one of the leaders whilst hitting or surpassing government renewable energy targets.
Having worked in the offshore wind industry for over 47 years, UK-based Mech-Tool Engineering has built up a breadth of knowledge in the field. Supplying a full turnkey service to some of the biggest companies and projects all over the world, MTE has established itself as a leader of fire and blast solutions to both the onshore and offshore energy markets with many clients based in the North Sea.