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Global Wind Speed Rankings

23 Years of Wind Speed Observations

4C Offshore has combined their offshore wind knowledge with a reliable high resolution global satellite dataset to develop a 23 year wind speed database. This high resolution observation data (0.25˚) has been obtained from up to 6 satellites operated by NASA.

The table below has been created from this wind speed database, showing a 10 year mean wind speed (Jan 2000 - Dec 2009) extracted for the each offshore wind farm, calculated for hub height of 100m and ranked.

10 Year Global Wind Speed Rankings
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RankProjectSeaCtyStatusSpeed (m/s)
1 Rank: 1
Putian Pinghai bay offshore project phase B-E Taiwan Strait
China
Concept/Early Planning 12.11
2 Rank: 2
Fujian Putian Shicheng Yugang Offshore Wind Farm Taiwan Strait
China
Concept/Early Planning 12.04
2 Rank: 2
Longyuan Putian Nanri Island 400MW project - Phase 3 350MW Commercial Taiwan Strait
China
Consent Authorised 12.04
2* Rank: 2
Longyuan Putian Nanri Island 400MW project - Phase 2 - 34MW Demonstration Taiwan Strait
China
Consent Authorised 12.04*
2* Rank: 2
Longyuan Putian Nanri Island 400MW project - Phase 1 - 16 MW Prototype Taiwan Strait
China
Under Construction 12.04*
2 Rank: 2
Putian Pinghai bay offshore demonstration project phase A Taiwan Strait
China
Under Construction 12.04
7* Rank: 7
Xidao - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 12.02*
7* Rank: 7
Zhangfang - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 12.02*
7 Rank: 7
Changhua - North - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 12.02
10 Rank: 10
Changhua - South - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
10 Rank: 10
Changhua - Pilot - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
10* Rank: 10
Hanbao - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94*
10 Rank: 10
Changhua Offshore Pilot Project (COPP) - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Consent Application Submitted 11.94
10 Rank: 10
Fuhai Offshore Windfarm - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
10 Rank: 10
Fuhai Phase III - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
16 Rank: 16
NW1 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.91
17 Rank: 17
NW2 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.86
18 Rank: 18
Formosa 1 OWF Phase 1 Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Consent Application Submitted 11.80
18* Rank: 18
Formosa 2 OWF Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.80*
18* Rank: 18
Yunlin - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.80*
18 Rank: 18
Formosa 1 OWF Phase 2 Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.80
22 Rank: 22
NW3 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.79
23* Rank: 23
Fuqing Haitan Strait Intertidal wind farm Haitan Strait
China
Consent Authorised 11.73*
24* Rank: 24
Quangang Shanyao offshore wind farm South China Sea
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.72*
24* Rank: 24
Yunlin - Star Energy Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.72*
24 Rank: 24
Yunlin - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.72
24* Rank: 24
Quanzhou Bay offshore wind farm South China Sea
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.72*
28 Rank: 28
OWW3 (West of Barra) North Atlantic Ocean
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.63
29 Rank: 29
N8 - Strategic Search Area (North of Shetland) Scottish Continental Shelf (Viking)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.61
29 Rank: 29
NW8 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.61
31* Rank: 31
Zhongmin Fujian XEMC Test Turbine(Nearshore) Haitan Strait
China
Fully Commissioned 11.56*
32* Rank: 32
Fuqing Haitan Strait Offshore wind farm Haitan Strait
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.52*
33 Rank: 33
OWNW1 (North Minch) Minches & Western Scotland, The Minch (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.45
34 Rank: 34
N4-6 Strategic Search Area (West of Shetland) Atlantic Ocean, (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.44
35 Rank: 35
Site 4 Inner Hebrides Minches & Western Scotland, The Minch (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.43
36* Rank: 36
Pingtan Offshore Wind Farm Taiwan Strait
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.38*
36* Rank: 36
China Guangdong Nuclear Power Pingtan Dalian Island 200MW offshore windfarm Taiwan Strait
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.38*
36 Rank: 36
N1 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.38
39 Rank: 39
OWW2 (West of Tiree) Minches & Western Scotland (Malin)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.33
40 Rank: 40
OWN1(North of Orkney) Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.31
41 Rank: 41
Stadthavet (Category B area) North Sea
Norway
Development Zone 11.29
42 Rank: 42
Omaezaki Port Suruga Bay
Japan
Concept/Early Planning 11.28
43 Rank: 43
Stadtvind Norwegian Sea
Norway
Cancelled 11.27
44 Rank: 44
Olderveggen (Category B area) North Sea
Norway
Development Zone 11.22
44 Rank: 44
Site 2 North Coast Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.22
46 Rank: 46
Site 6 East Shetland Site North Sea, Northern North Sea (Viking)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.21
46 Rank: 46
NW4 - Strategic Search Area (South Minch) Minches & Western Scotland (Malin)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.21
48 Rank: 48
Frøyagrunnene (Category A area) North Sea
Norway
Development Zone 11.20
49 Rank: 49
Argyll Array Minches & Western Scotland (Malin)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.19
50 Rank: 50
Testposisjon Kvalheimsvika Arctic Ocean
Norway
Dormant 11.16
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* Wind Farm location involves a degree of estimation.