The agency’s report, Innovation Outlook, launched today at the World Wind Energy Conference in Tokyo, puts offshore wind at heart of the post-COP22 decarbonisation push, with long-term expectations that the global fleet could expand to 400GW “in the next three decades”.

“Offshore wind power is poised to become a leading power generation technology in a decarbonised global economy,” says Irena director-general Adnan Amin.

“Now that onshore wind power is cost-competitive with conventional power generation technologies, more attention is shifting to offshore applications, characterised by high technical power generation potential.”