How wind is shaping the market and ports

The tendency to ecological transition which spans the world has prompted companies to invest more and more in green characterized by wind energy: a trend that brings with it a series of not insignificant consequences, in positive and negative terms.
Wind projects, of ever-increasing size due to the increase in demand for power, in fact, it needs a massive renewal of the naval fleet, in Italy and beyond.
However, that of ships is not the only peculiarity: welcoming wind turbines of such impressive dimensions leads to the need - not only driven by this factor - for a massive investment in the renovation and construction of infrastructure who - especially in our country - deal with one sbackwardness fueled by a decidedly underdeveloped bureaucratic machine, a topic that has already been touched on several times on the blog Buonefra.

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A stalemate in this sense could actually undermine the short- and long-term goals that many states have set themselves, which see the energy coming from wind power as an absolute protagonist.
Offshore wind farmsin fact, much more productive than terrestrial ones, according to estimates, over the next thirty years they will attract investments of over three trillion dollars. An astronomical figure in a green guise that certainly cannot be held back by problems of an infrastructural nature or backwardness.
The sea therefore it represents the new main source of energy, and the ports, the engine of the sea and the earth, will be fundamental for the reception and for the management of components.
Logistics of the sea at the center of the future, so. We at Buonefra had no doubts.

The Amercian example and the European response

Also this time the tangible example comes from United States, where wind power represents for many the main weapon to face the future in a sustainable way in a path of growing economic development.
Among these the State of New Jersey, which intends to invest a total of one billion dollars with the aim of becoming the absolute leader in the US offshore wind energy industry; a market that, at present, is worth at least 100 billion dollars.

However, Europe too does not stand by and watch: Bilbao the wind sector is further consolidating.
The Basque port has in fact for some time been an export hub for the main producers of wind power components, as well as the site of important wind power manufacturing plants.
The eloquent figure is linked to the first half of 2020 when, in the middle of the pandemic, the handling of components for wind turbines in the port amounted to 96.711 tons, recording an increase of 23% compared to the same period in 2019, in pre-pandemic times.

Investments in infrastructure as a key to growth: works for 112 million euros were completed in Bilbao relating to the acquisition of over 200.000 square meters of land, a new space dedicated exclusively to wind logistics, connected to the new dock, which is one of the EU Connecting Europe Facility 2014 projects, which it has a mooring line of 1.120 meters and has a total area of ​​362.000 square meters.
The Port of Bilbao is also a member of the platform of wind Europe, which brings together 22 European ports operating in the wind sector.
The future is therefore also traced in the old continent; who will be better and faster at investing in innovation and infrastructure it will have a certain growth in the next 50 years. The hope is that Italy too will take this direction as soon as possible, with the help of PNRR funds which represent an opportunity of indisputable value.