The use of offshore wind energy is a major element of Germany's energy transition. At the end of 2015, roughly 3,000 MW of capacity was installed in the German parts of the North and Baltic Seas. The corresponding figures are slated to be 6,500 MW in 2020 and 15,000 MW in 2030. This means that offshore wind energy can already cover approx. 2% of Germany's electricity demand - and will be able to supply around 10% of our needs in 2030.
Offshore wind energy is a new technology. It creates opportunities for the energy industry and the manufacturing sector. The international sales markets for German manufacturers are highly promising. But the construction and operation of the facilities is also confronting us with major challenges, and government and industry are responding to these in the form of comprehensive innovations, research and development projects, and more intensive international cooperation.
This brochure tells you more about offshore wind energy, covering aspects like the permits to build offshore wind farms, the significance for the energy sector, the plant technology, the promotion of offshore wind energy, potential careers, and international cooperation.