German offshore wind output surges by a quarter in 2019

German offshore wind output surges by a quarter in 2019

Germany’s offshore wind power production has surged by almost 25% this year, or 24 terawatt hours (up from 19.5TWh in 2018), helping to push the share of renewables in Europe’s largest economy to 43% of gross power consumption.

That was up from 38.2% in 2018, preliminary figures from solar and hydrogen research centre Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German federation of energy and water industries (BDEW) show.

The largest renewable energy source continued to be onshore wind, with almost 104TWh produced – thanks to windy weather this year -, followed by PV, which accounted for a power production of 45TWh, the same as biomass.

Hydroelectric power plants had an output of 21TWh in 2019.

Despite the rise in the renewables share in the power mix, the two groups warned that a collapse in new onshore wind power installations and insufficient solar additions put Germany’s target of 65% of renewables by 2030 in danger.