Offshore wind energy will make a key contribution to achieving the EU’s Green Pact targets. The European Commission’s Offshore Renewable Energy Sources strategy anticipates the integration of 300 GW of offshore wind generation capacity into the power system by 2050. The magnitude of this transition will pose new challenges for the European electricity system: achieving the necessary connections and grid development at the lowest cost; maintaining system security; accommodating a complete redefinition of energy flow patterns; considering key constraints related to spatial planning, environmental protection and public acceptance; achieving an integrated perspective across time, space and sectors; and ensuring flexible resources to keep the energy system balanced.
To date, there are 227MW of fully operational floating wind across 14 projects in 7 countries. Globally, there are 46MW under construction, 576MW approved for construction, 68GW are integrated into planning or have a siting agreement (80 projects) and 175GW are in early stage development or in the process of obtaining offshore permits (177 projects).
ACCIONA Energía is in a strategic position, given its extensive experience in the development and operation of renewable assets, boasting a portfolio of 11.8 GW and a geographical presence in more than 15 countries across all five continents. ACCIONA Energía is committed to participating in this new technological challenge and is taking concrete steps to position itself as a competitor in the growing Offshore Wind market.
In this context, the company is evaluating offshore wind technology in diverse locations such as the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. In these areas, the absence of a continental shelf and consequently, the high depths, prevents the installation of fixed structures on the seabed. Therefore, it is necessary to develop floating wind technology in these locations.