With the focus on operating costs and profit margins set to escalate, perhaps it was only a matter of time before turbines got bigger. A lot bigger.
And if last Friday’s deals announced by the likes of GE and Alstrom are anything to go by, then the next swathe of supersized turbines is only just the start.
From a construction and manufacturing perspective it certainly makes sense – and the argument only grows stronger once you begin to factor in the anticipated growth within the European offshore market. (And let’s face it, if you’re sticking a turbine in some pretty rough seas – you might as well make it as solid as possible!)
However, what’s particularly interesting about all the talk of supersized turbines, is the serious logistical challenge that comes with it. Sure, the actual construction phase isn’t exactly easy but what happens when it comes to shipping, installing and servicing them? Are we about to see the support services begin to go supersized too?
Four Republican congressmen have called for a halt to US offshore wind projects because of unsubstantiated claims blaming the industry for whale deaths. But this obvious misinformation can still be a threat for the growth of the industry.