Offshore Hydropower Market Size | Industry Report, 2023
Offshore hydropower market size is anticipated to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Hydropower market size was estimated to account for more than 16% of the overall power production in 2015 and is likely to grow at CAGR of over 3% from 2016 to 2023.
Clean energy offered by these systems accompanied by ability to handle base load demand is anticipated to drive offshore hydropower market growth. Non intermittent flow of electricity offered by production plants is likely to surge the industry demand from 2016 to 2023. In addition, it also allows plant operators to have excellent control over the energy production. Rising awareness regarding conventional energy might positively impact the industry growth. Furthermore, increasing carbon footprint is likely to boost offshore hydropower market size over the forecast period.
Large systems are further segmented into diversion plants, pumped storage plant and impoundment plants. Impoundment plants are expected to be the most commonly used ones. In addition, it involves construction of dam. Pumped storage are the plants used mainly during peak power demands and also involves construction of reservoir. Diversion plants are also known as run-of-river hydro.
Tidal power turbines market offers functioning similar to operating principle of horizontal axis wind turbines. Tidal current generates a torque on the rotor that is used to propel a step-up gearbox; this in turn is likely to drive the asynchronous generator and thus results in energy generation. Power electronics implied in these systems are expected to regulate the power quality.
Key industry participants accumulating significant offshore hydropower market share include Iberdrola, First Solar, Bronzeoak Philippines, Vattenfall, Calpine Corp, NextEra Energy, Siemens, Alstom, China Yangtze Power, RusHydro, LDK Solar, Suzlon Energy, E.ON and Hydrochina International Engineering among others.