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Global Wind Speed Rankings

"The 4C database is an incredibly useful tool to help understand the industry, the trends and where to give future focus. The volume of data is impressive and gives a comprehensive view on the entire market."

James Reynolds, Wärtsilä Deutschland GmbH


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
Consent Authorised 12.04
7 Rank: 7
Changhua - Stage I - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 12.02
7 Rank: 7
Changhua - Stage III - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 12.02
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*
11* Rank: 11
Hanbao - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94*
11 Rank: 11
Changhua - Stage IV - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
11 Rank: 11
Changhua - Stage V - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
11 Rank: 11
Changhua - Stage VI - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
11 Rank: 11
Changhua - Stage II - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
11 Rank: 11
Changhua Offshore Pilot Project (COPP) - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Consent Application Submitted 11.94
11* Rank: 11
Changhua - Pilot - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94*
11 Rank: 11
Fuhai Offshore Windfarm - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
11 Rank: 11
Fuhai Phase III - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.94
20 Rank: 20
NW1 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.91
21 Rank: 21
NW2 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.86
22 Rank: 22
Chunan(Pilot) Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.80
22* Rank: 22
Chunan - Phase 2 Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.80*
22* Rank: 22
Yunlin - TGC Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.80*
22 Rank: 22
Chunan - Phase 1 Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.80
26 Rank: 26
NW3 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.79
27* Rank: 27
Fuqing Haitan Strait Intertidal wind farm Haitan Strait
China
Consent Authorised 11.73*
28* Rank: 28
Quangang Shanyao offshore wind farm South China Sea
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.72*
28* Rank: 28
Yunlin - Star Energy Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.72*
28 Rank: 28
Yunlin - Taipower Taiwan Strait
Taiwan
Concept/Early Planning 11.72
28* Rank: 28
Quanzhou Bay offshore wind farm South China Sea
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.72*
32 Rank: 32
OWW3 (West of Barra) North Atlantic Ocean
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.63
33 Rank: 33
N8 - Strategic Search Area (North of Shetland) Scottish Continental Shelf (Viking)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.61
33 Rank: 33
NW8 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.61
35* Rank: 35
Zhongmin Fujian XEMC Test Turbine(Nearshore) Haitan Strait
China
Fully Commissioned 11.56*
36* Rank: 36
Fuqing Haitan Strait Offshore wind farm Haitan Strait
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.52*
37 Rank: 37
OWNW1 (North Minch) Minches & Western Scotland, The Minch (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.45
38 Rank: 38
N4-6 Strategic Search Area (West of Shetland) Atlantic Ocean, (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.44
39 Rank: 39
Site 4 Inner Hebrides Minches & Western Scotland, The Minch (Hebrides)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.43
40* Rank: 40
Pingtan Offshore Wind Farm Taiwan Strait
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.38*
40* Rank: 40
China Guangdong Nuclear Power Pingtan Dalian Island 200MW offshore windfarm Taiwan Strait
China
Concept/Early Planning 11.38*
40 Rank: 40
N1 - Medium Term Option for Offshore Wind Development Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Cancelled 11.38
43 Rank: 43
OWW2 (West of Tiree) Minches & Western Scotland (Malin)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.33
44 Rank: 44
OWN1(North of Orkney) Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.31
45 Rank: 45
Stadthavet (Category B area) North Sea
Norway
Development Zone 11.29
46 Rank: 46
Omaezaki Port Suruga Bay
Japan
Concept/Early Planning 11.28
47 Rank: 47
Stadtvind Norwegian Sea
Norway
Cancelled 11.27
48 Rank: 48
Olderveggen (Category B area) North Sea
Norway
Development Zone 11.22
48 Rank: 48
Site 2 North Coast Scottish Continental Shelf (Fair Isle)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.22
50 Rank: 50
Site 6 East Shetland Site North Sea, Northern North Sea (Viking)
United Kingdom
Development Zone 11.21
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* Wind Farm location involves a degree of estimation.