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Airbus Helicopters projects a demand for up to 1,000 rotorcraft to serve offshore wind farms in the next 20 years, a market worth about 9 billion Euros, equivalent to more than $10.5 billion at the current exchange rate.
Airbus Helicopters is to discuss its offerings for the emerging offshore wind farm sector this week at the WindEnergy expo in Hamburg.
Helicopters the company is marketing to meet the supply, construction and contingency needs of the offshore wind farms include the H125 Super Puma, H175, H145, H135 and the new medium-range H160.
Airbus said the helicopters' twin engines and four-axis autopilot will permit the precise delivery of personnel and goods.
Like Airbus, Leonardo has stepped up to the demands for offshore wind farms and has offered the AW139 and AW169 to operators of the wind farms.
The International Renewable Energy Agency said that lower capital costs, technological innovation and economies of scale have led to sharply reduced costs for the generation of offshore wind farm power and the expansion of capacity by 25 percent between 2016 and last year.
Adnan Amin, the director general of IRENA, forecast a further 30-percent drop in costs by 2030 and told the Oceans Partnership Summit during G7 that, if the growth of the sector continues, "offshore wind will be key to efforts to decarbonize the energy sector."