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Offshore wind power proves hard to implement for Spain

Unlike in northern European countries or the US, installation of offshore wind turbines has yet to take off in Spain.

Given that these wind turbines use the same technology as those installed onshore, and that Spain is a world power in onshore wind farms, what could be preventing construction of offshore facilities?

Spain’s main problem is geographic — the lack of continental shelf. Offshore wind turbines need the seabed to be at a depth of about 50 metres. The enormous depth of Spain’s sea floor therefore means we need to find other solutions, like floating platforms. Nevertheless, just because we can’t install offshore wind turbines along our coastline doesn’t mean that Spanish companies are ignoring this technology or aren’t drawing on the experience they’ve built up over the years in the traditional wind power sector

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