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
Fujian Pingtan Development Zone Changjiangao 200MW offshore Wind Farm South China Sea
China
Consent Authorised 12.11*
1 Rank: 1
Putian Pinghai bay offshore project phase D-E Taiwan Strait
China
Consent Authorised 12.11
1* Rank: 1
Pingtan experimental zone 300MW offshore wind power project South China Sea
China
Consent Authorised 12.11*
4 Rank: 4
Fujian Putian Shicheng Yugang Offshore Wind Farm Taiwan Strait
China
Concept/Early Planning 12.06
5 Rank: 5
Putian Pinghai bay offshore Wind Farm demonstration project phase 2-250MW Taiwan Strait
China
Consent Authorised 12.04
5 Rank: 5
Longyuan Putian Nanri Island 400MW project - Phase 3 350MW Commercial Taiwan Strait
China
Consent Authorised 12.04
5* Rank: 5
Longyuan Putian Nanri Island 400MW project - Phase 2 - 34MW Demonstration Taiwan Strait
China
Consent Authorised 12.04*
5* Rank: 5
Longyuan Putian Nanri Island 400MW project - Phase 1 - 16 MW Prototype Taiwan Strait
China
Under Construction 12.04*
5 Rank: 5
Putian Pinghai bay offshore demonstration project phase A Taiwan Strait
China
Under Construction 12.04
10* Rank: 10
Xidao - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 12.02*
10* Rank: 10
Zhangfang - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 12.02*
10 Rank: 10
Changhua - North - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 12.02
13 Rank: 13
Changhua - South - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
13 Rank: 13
Changhua - Pilot - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
13* Rank: 13
Hanbao - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94*
13 Rank: 13
Changhua Offshore Pilot Project (COPP) - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Consent Application Submitted 11.94
13 Rank: 13
Fuhai Offshore Windfarm - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
13 Rank: 13
Fuhai Phase III - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
19 Rank: 19
NW1 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.91
20 Rank: 20
NW2 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.86
21 Rank: 21
Formosa 1 OWF Phase 1 Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Consent Application Submitted 11.80
21* Rank: 21
Formosa 2 OWF Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.80*
21* Rank: 21
Yunlin - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.80*
21 Rank: 21
Formosa 1 OWF Phase 2 Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.80
25 Rank: 25
NW3 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.79
26* Rank: 26
Fuqing Haitan Strait Intertidal wind farm Haitan Strait
China
Consent Authorised 11.73*
27* Rank: 27
Quangang Shanyao offshore wind farm South China Sea
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.72*
27* Rank: 27
Yunlin - Star Energy Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.72*
27 Rank: 27
Yunlin - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.72
27* Rank: 27
Quanzhou Bay offshore wind farm South China Sea
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.72*
31 Rank: 31
OWW3 (West of Barra) North Atlantic Ocean
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.63
32 Rank: 32
N8 - Strategic Search Area (North of Shetland) Scottish Continental Shelf (Viking)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.61
32 Rank: 32
NW8 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.61
34* Rank: 34
Zhongmin Fujian XEMC Test Turbine(Nearshore) Haitan Strait
China
Fully Commissioned 11.56*
35* Rank: 35
Fuqing Haitan Strait Offshore wind farm Haitan Strait
China
Consent Authorised 11.52*
36 Rank: 36
OWNW1 (North Minch) Minches & Western Scotland, The Minch (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.45
37 Rank: 37
N4-6 Strategic Search Area (West of Shetland) Atlantic Ocean, (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.44
38 Rank: 38
Site 4 Inner Hebrides Minches & Western Scotland, The Minch (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.43
39* Rank: 39
Pingtan Offshore Wind Farm Taiwan Strait
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.38*
39* Rank: 39
China Guangdong Nuclear Power Pingtan Dalian Island 200MW offshore windfarm Taiwan Strait
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.38*
39 Rank: 39
N1 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.38
42 Rank: 42
OWW2 (West of Tiree) Minches & Western Scotland (Malin)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.33
43 Rank: 43
OWN1(North of Orkney) Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.31
44 Rank: 44
Stadthavet (Category B area) North Sea
Norway
Development Zone 11.29
45 Rank: 45
Omaezaki Port Suruga Bay
Japan
Concept/Early Planning 11.28
46 Rank: 46
Stadtvind Norwegian Sea
Norway
Cancelled 11.27
47 Rank: 47
Olderveggen (Category B area) North Sea
Norway
Development Zone 11.22
47 Rank: 47
Site 2 North Coast Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.22
49 Rank: 49
Site 6 East Shetland Site North Sea, Northern North Sea (Viking)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.21
49 Rank: 49
NW4 - Strategic Search Area (South Minch) Minches & Western Scotland (Malin)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.21
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* Wind Farm location involves a degree of estimation.