When the first floating offshore wind demonstration projects were deployed nearly ten years ago, most observers thought that the technology was intriguing, but the costs and degree of difficulty were both very, very high. At that stage, fixed-bottom offshore was installing only a few hundred megawatts per year, costs were high and going up, and the future of the sector appeared in doubt. How things have changed!
By Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council.
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