Germany will overtake the UK as the world leader in offshore wind generated power as early as 2015, according to Greenwise Business.
The conclusions arise from research into supply contracts awarded to submarine power cable manufacturers which shows that out of 2,400 kilometres (km) of wind farm related power cables currently on order, only around 13 per cent or just over 300 km relate to planned UK wind farm developments compared to almost 2,000 km ordered for German projects. The analysis was carried out by UK based technology and consultancy company Enventi.
Scott Macknocher, Enventiʼs general manager, told Greenwise Business:
"Germany is already well advanced in the installation of an integrated High-Voltage Direct-Current (HVDC) network that will allow 'clusters' of offshore wind farms to be developed and it is likely that this groundwork will allow Germany to surpass the UK as the World leader in installed offshore wind capacity sometime between 2015 and 2020".