Wind turbines harness the energy of moving air to rotate the blades and generate electricity. Onshore wind refers to the turbines found on land, while offshore turbines tend to be located far out at sea, such as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).
Onshore wind plays an important part in the generation of clean, renewable energy in the UK, with 5.6 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity generated in the third quarter of 2017 alone. This was an increase of 20% on the previous year.
- Research conducted by the University of Edinburgh found that wind power displaced almost 36 million tonnes of harmful emissions between 2008 and 2014. This was the equivalent of removing 2.3 million cars from the UK’s roads
- Windmills have been in use since 2000 B.C. and were first developed in Persia and China
- The world’s largest onshore turbine produces enough electricity to power 5,000 homes
- China is the top wind energy producer in the world, generating more than 168.7GW in 2016
- Wind energy generates enough electricity to power the equivalent of 13,789,191 British homes every year
Offshore Wind Energy
The cost of new offshore wind has fallen dramatically over the last few years. It is now one of the lowest cost options for new power in the UK and is now cheaper than new gas and nuclear power.
- Having halved in price in just the last two years, offshore wind is on course to be the cheapest source of large scale, low carbon energy generation.
- The UK has installed more offshore wind capacity than any other country.
- Over 600 companies employing 11,000 people are active in the sector.
- Investment in new UK offshore wind capacity from now until 2021 set to total £18bn.
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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.
AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.Scottish Renewables
Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce
The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.All-Energy
Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.Vattenfall
Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.Scottish Enterprise