Global Wind Speed Rankings
23 Years of Wind Speed Observations

4C Offshore have 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.

More detailed 6 monthly, daily and 6-hourly data is available for purchase - please enquire for more information.

10 Year Global Wind Speed Rankings
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RankNameCtySt.SeaSpeed (m/s)Observations
1 Rank: 1
Putian Pinghai bay offshore demonstration project phase 1
China
Consent Authorised Taiwan Strait 12.04 6 hr/day/month historic data...
2* Rank: 2
Xidao - TGC
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 12.02* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
2* Rank: 2
Zhangfang - TGC
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 12.02* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
2 Rank: 2
Changhua - Stage I - Taipower
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 12.02 6 hr/day/month historic data...
2 Rank: 2
Changhua - Stage III - Taipower
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 12.02 6 hr/day/month historic data...
6* Rank: 6
Changhua - Pilot - Taipower
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.94* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
6 Rank: 6
Changhua Offshore Pilot Project (COPP) - TGC
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.94 6 hr/day/month historic data...
6 Rank: 6
Fuhai Phase III - TGC
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.94 6 hr/day/month historic data...
6 Rank: 6
Changhua - Stage IV - Taipower
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.94 6 hr/day/month historic data...
6 Rank: 6
Changhua - Stage V - Taipower
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.94 6 hr/day/month historic data...
6 Rank: 6
Changhua - Stage VI - Taipower
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.94 6 hr/day/month historic data...
6* Rank: 6
Hanbao - TGC
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.94* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
6 Rank: 6
Changhua - Stage II - Taipower
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.94 6 hr/day/month historic data...
6 Rank: 6
Fuhai Offshore Windfarm - TGC
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.94 6 hr/day/month historic data...
15 Rank: 15
NW1 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development
United Kingdom
Cancelled Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides) 11.91 6 hr/day/month historic data...
16 Rank: 16
NW2 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development
United Kingdom
Cancelled Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides) 11.86 6 hr/day/month historic data...
17 Rank: 17
Chunan - Phase 1
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.80 6 hr/day/month historic data...
17 Rank: 17
Chunan(Pilot)
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.80 6 hr/day/month historic data...
17* Rank: 17
Chunan - Phase 2
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.80* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
17* Rank: 17
Yunlin - TGC
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.80* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
21 Rank: 21
NW3 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development
United Kingdom
Cancelled Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides) 11.79 6 hr/day/month historic data...
22* Rank: 22
Fuqing Haitan Strait Intertidal wind farm
China
Consent Authorised Haitan Strait 11.73* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
23* Rank: 23
Quanzhou Bay offshore wind farm
China
Concept/Early Planning South China Sea 11.72* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
23* Rank: 23
Quangang Shanyao offshore wind farm
China
Concept/Early Planning South China Sea 11.72* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
23 Rank: 23
Yunlin - Taipower
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.72 6 hr/day/month historic data...
23* Rank: 23
Yunlin - Star Energy
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.72* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
27 Rank: 27
OWW3 (West of Barra)
United Kingdom
Development Zone North Atlantic Ocean 11.63 6 hr/day/month historic data...
28 Rank: 28
NW8 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development
United Kingdom
Cancelled Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides) 11.61 6 hr/day/month historic data...
28 Rank: 28
N8 - Strategic Search Area (North of Shetland)
United Kingdom
Cancelled Scottish Continental Shelf (Viking) 11.61 6 hr/day/month historic data...
30* Rank: 30
Datang Fujian XEMC Test Turbine(Nearshore)
China
Fully Commissioned Haitan Strait 11.56* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
31* Rank: 31
Fuqing Haitan Strait Offshore wind farm
China
Concept/Early Planning Haitan Strait 11.52* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
31* Rank: 31
Longyuan Putian Nanri Island 50MW Pilot project
China
Consent Authorised Taiwan Strait 11.52* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
31* Rank: 31
Longyuan Putian Nanri Island 350MW project
China
Consent Authorised Taiwan Strait 11.52* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
34 Rank: 34
OWNW1 (North Minch)
United Kingdom
Development Zone Minches & Western Scotland, The Minch (Hebrides) 11.45 6 hr/day/month historic data...
35 Rank: 35
N4-6 Strategic Search Area (West of Shetland)
United Kingdom
Cancelled Atlantic Ocean, (Fair Isle) 11.44 6 hr/day/month historic data...
36 Rank: 36
Site 4 Inner Hebrides
United Kingdom
Development Zone Minches & Western Scotland, The Minch (Hebrides) 11.43 6 hr/day/month historic data...
37 Rank: 37
N1 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development
United Kingdom
Cancelled Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle) 11.38 6 hr/day/month historic data...
37* Rank: 37
Pingtan Offshore Wind Farm
China
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.38* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
37* Rank: 37
China Guangdong Nuclear Power Pingtan Dalian Island 200MW offshore windfarm
China
Concept/Early Planning Taiwan Strait 11.38* 6 hr/day/month historic data...
40 Rank: 40
OWW2 (West of Tiree)
United Kingdom
Development Zone Minches & Western Scotland (Malin) 11.33 6 hr/day/month historic data...
41 Rank: 41
OWN1(North of Orkney)
United Kingdom
Development Zone Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle) 11.31 6 hr/day/month historic data...
42 Rank: 42
Stadthavet (Category B area)
Norway
Development Zone North Sea 11.29 6 hr/day/month historic data...
43 Rank: 43
Omaezaki
Japan
Concept/Early Planning Suruga Bay 11.28 6 hr/day/month historic data...
44 Rank: 44
Stadtvind
Norway
Cancelled Norwegian Sea 11.27 6 hr/day/month historic data...
45 Rank: 45
Olderveggen (Category B area)
Norway
Development Zone North Sea 11.22 6 hr/day/month historic data...
45 Rank: 45
Site 2 North Coast
United Kingdom
Development Zone Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle) 11.22 6 hr/day/month historic data...
47 Rank: 47
Site 6 East Shetland Site
United Kingdom
Development Zone North Sea, Northern North Sea (Viking) 11.21 6 hr/day/month historic data...
47 Rank: 47
NW4 - Strategic Search Area (South Minch)
United Kingdom
Cancelled Minches & Western Scotland (Malin) 11.21 6 hr/day/month historic data...
49 Rank: 49
Frøyagrunnene (Category A area)
Norway
Development Zone North Sea 11.20 6 hr/day/month historic data...
50 Rank: 50
Argyll Array
United Kingdom
Cancelled Minches & Western Scotland (Malin) 11.19 6 hr/day/month historic data...
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* Wind Farm location involves a degree of estimation.
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