Offshore wind energy: A comparative analysis of UK, USA and India

Sandhya Kota, Stephen B. Bayne, Sandeep Nimmagadda

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Abstract

Offshore wind is one of the most fascinating industries in the renewable energy sector and it is experiencing a remarkable growth. Offshore wind energy generation offers an opportunity in the race to decrease the dependence on fossil fuels, reduce green house emissions, increase energy security and create employment opportunities. UK has proven success in offshore wind and has been enjoying the economic benefits of offshore wind since over a decade. Offshore wind energy is an emergent renewable energy industry in the United States. The United States is coping up with the challenges and heading up fast to catch up with the industry. India is still in its infancy stage where the policy frameworks are framed by MNRE government and getting ready with the tools to enter into the offshore market. This paper researches the current situation and trend of offshore wind industries in UK and US, from aspects of policy, grid connections, operation and maintenance and cost reduction and analyses the proper direction and pathways of the industry to India. Therefore this paper highlights the scenario as to how these three countries UK, USA and India, respectively, are enabling offshore wind, to make a vital and sizeable contribution to the low carbon economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-694
Number of pages10
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume41
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Cost reduction
  • Grid integration
  • O&M
  • Offshore
  • Policy

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