15. Offshore Wind Power

  1. Prof. Detlef Stolten2,3 and
  2. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Viktor Scherer4
  1. David Infield

Published Online: 21 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch15

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

How to Cite

Infield, D. (2013) Offshore Wind Power, in Transition to Renewable Energy Systems (eds D. Stolten and V. Scherer), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, Leo-Brandt-Straße, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, 52425 Jülich, Germany

  2. 3

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEK-3 Institut für En. & Klimaforschung, Wilhelm-Johnen-Str., 52428 Jülich, Germany

  3. 4

    Ruhr-Universität Bochum LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 Universitätsstr. 150 LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 44780 Bochum Germany

Author Information

  1. University of Strathclyde, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ, Scotland, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 28 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527332397

Online ISBN: 9783527673872



  • offshore wind power;
  • wind turbine technology;
  • wind farms


Offshore wind is already critical to the clean energy generation plans of a number of European countries most notably the UK and Germany, and it is now being taken seriously in other countries including Japan, China, Korea, Norway and the USA. Although onshore wind is now a relatively mature technology, this is not yet true for offshore application where the turbines will be considerably larger, perhaps over 8 MW, and the installation and operational challenges considerably greater. This chapter reviews recent progress with offshore wind deployment, outlines the wind turbine technology issues and highlights the operational challenges. The role for continued technology development and the requirement for research are emphasised.