In 2020, Europe had an onshore wind capacity of 195GW and an offshore wind capacity of 25GW installed. In 2022, offshore wind is forecasted to reach a record high in Europe: 4,2GW of offshore wind are predicted to be installed that year. The number of newly installed offshore wind technologies is expected to continue rising the years afterwards. The following five companies own large wind energy portfolios in Europe:
1) Ørsted A/S (Frederica, Denmark)
Frederica-based Ørsted develops and operates offshore and onshore wind farms as well as solar farms, with a focus on offshore wind farms. With a total offshore wind capacity of 9.9GW in 2022, the company is the global leader in offshore wind and has built more offshore wind farms than any other developer in the world. Besides Denmark, the company constructs and operates offshore wind farms in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, the US and Taiwan.
2) Prime Capital (Frankfurt, Germany)
Founded in 2006, Prime Capital is a leading alternative asset management firm that is focusing on institutional clients and manages over €4.3 billion of assets. The firm specializes in alternative investments, infrastructure investments and private debt and has its offices in Frankfurt, Luxembourg and London. Its Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund invests into utility-scale wind energy and has an impressive track record of over 2,000 MW in onshore wind.
3) Equinor ASA (Stavanger, Norway)
Stavanger-based company Equinor is a Norwegian state-owned international energy company. Formerly named Statoil and StatoilHydro, the company is developing oil and gas, but also wind and solar energy. From offshore wind projects in Germany and the UK alone, the company produces enough energy to power over one million homes with energy. Equinor is planning to be a major player in global offshore wind power by reaching an installed capacity of 12 to 16 GW by the year 2030.
4) Eurowind Energy A/S (Hobro, Denmark)
Danish Eurowind Energy is a leading developer and operator of wind, solar and hybrid projects. The company‘s goal is to create a future where nothing else besides renewable energy has to be used as fuel. Thus, they invest heavily into renewable energy and own a huge portfolio of onshore and offshore wind farms. Their primary markets are Denmark, Poland, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden, the UK and Southern Europe. With a total capacity of over 1.3GW wind and solar parks in operation, more than 2,000 tonnes of CO2 have been saved by Eurowind Energy.
5) Aquila Capital (Hamburg, Germany)
Headquartered in Hamburg, Aquila Capital is an investment management company which focuses on sustainable investments and real estate. Founded in 2001, the company manages over €12.5 billion for its institutional investors and is counted as one of Europe’s leading investment firms in clean energy. In total, it has 603 wind energy assets in its portfolio with a combined capacity of 3,537 MW.
Besides this list, our team has also written country-specific lists of wind portfolio owners that you might be interested in:
- List of 3 large wind portfolio owners in Norway
- List of 3 large wind portfolio owners in the UK
- List of 3 large wind portfolio owners in Denmark
- List of 3 large wind portfolio owners in Germany
- List of 3 large wind portfolio owners in Scandinavia
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