Sino-Europe Offshore Wind Workshop successfully held

Sino-Europe Offshore Wind Workshop held on Friday 15th October in Beijing prior to the China Wind Power (CWP) summit, was co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the British Embassy, and Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark, aiming to share the latest expertise and experiences from the European and Chinese offshore wind markets in driving the growth of the sector.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), 2020 was a record year for the wind power industry, with 93 GW of new capacity installed globally. This included the commissioning of 6.1 GW of offshore wind, the second-best year in history. China was responsible for installing half of this capacity, and steady growth was also recorded in Europe as new installations came online. China is expected to become the world’s largest market for offshore wind in the next few years, with ambitious plans across multiple provinces to accelerate capacity installations.

The conference was attended by representatives from The National Energy Administration of China, Jiangsu Provincial Energy Bureau, GEDI, CREEI, China State Power Investment Corporation, and Huaneng, as well as counselors from the Embassy of the UK, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, and their countries’ major offshore wind power supply chain enterprises in China.

Mr. Tom Knappskog, Minister Counsellor of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, delivered a keynote speech on the theme of Towards Climate Neutrality.

Mr. Rolf Petter Almklov, Commercial Counsellor of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing and China Director of Innovation Norway, and Mr. Kjell Arne Nielsen, Consul of the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai/Special Advisor of Innovation Norway also attended the workshop to support the exchanges between Chinese and Norwegian enterprises.

During the event, NORWEP, Norwegian enterprises — Equinor, Ulstein, Kongsberg, PASSER, Leading Group, and Jotun exchanged opinions and experiences in the development of offshore wind with the present guests. The Norwegian enterprises expressed a desire to contribute to the development of offshore wind between China and Europe, promoting the technical exchange.

There are many challenges to overcome, including reducing costs, making offshore wind more competitive with traditional power supply models, and expanding offshore wind into the deep sea.

Through this workshop, the Norwegian enterprises will pay close attention to more Chinese wind power enterprises, explore cooperation opportunities, and jointly advance the development goals of China-Europe offshore wind.