Renewable Energy Kuivamatala Teemu Vehkaoja

Published on March 27th, 2013 | by Anneli Hidalgo

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Finland – the best place for offshore wind power

The shallow waters and high wind speed on Finland’s coastline are ideal for wind power generation, a study shows.

The study has been conducted by BASREC, the Baltic Sea Region Energy Co-operation, which concludes that Finland has by far the greatest potential for the development of offshore wind power in the Baltic Sea Region. 66 of the 99 most favorable areas for offshore wind power generation identified by the report are situated in Finland.

The possible locations are rated according to wind speed, distance to the shore and water depth. It is the high wind speeds and shallow waters that give Finland its benefits.
The highest wind power capacity in the Baltic Sea Region is located in North Finland on the Gulf of Bothnia coast, with 31,200 MW while South Finland offers 27,400 MW. Central Finland has a capacity of 11,100 MW and South-east Finland 2000 MW.

The study has been commissioned to serve as a key input for strategic actions to promote offshore wind power in the Baltic Sea Region during the coming years. The study was carried out by GL Garrad Hassan ja Deloitte.

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