For the last ten years worldwide wind turbines sales have grown approximately 29% annually and wind energy is now the world”s fastest growing source of energy. For the next twenty years it is expected to expand at double-digit rates. Currently like any other sector, this industry is also being affected by the global financial crisis and 2010 is supposed to be a challenging year for the global wind turbine industry.
However, the silver lining is that though the global wind installations will not be able to match the record installations of 2008, a strong rebound is anticipated after 2010 with wind plant investment expected to reach $50 billion annually by 2015. Also the dip in overall wind market demand that has followed the financial constraints has not constrained wind industry development & technology innovation.
The global wind turbine market is dominated by a small number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), but market competition is increasing as new OEMs enter the industry. Manufacturers are developing the next generation of wind turbines in the US and Europe.
Government support of markets in Europe, India and other developing countries, has been largely responsible for burgeoning sales, providing manufacturers with cash flow to conduct private development efforts. European manufacturers currently supply most of the world market for utility-scale wind turbines and therefore provide the majority of the private investment in Research and Development.
Since wind turbines have many applications from the smallest to the biggest, Aruvian’s R’search presents a research report solely focusing on Small Wind Turbines and the role they play in the global wind power industry.
The report provides a numerical base of the wind turbine market by providing detail on wind turbine market on the demand as well as turbine numbers and size installed in major markets which also give an insight on the trends which are being noticed in such established markets globally.
Table of Contents:
A. Executive Summary
B. Introduction to Wind Power
B.1 A Clean Green Energy – Wind Power
B.1.1 What is Wind Power?
B.1.2 How does it Work?
B.2 Brief History of Wind Power
B.3 Electricity from Wind
B.4 How do Wind Turbines Work?
B.5 Wind Power Technology
B.6 Wind Power Markets
B.7 Accommodating the Variable Nature of Wind Power
C. Looking at the Wind Turbine Industry
C.1 Importance of Wind Power
C.2 Evolution of the Wind Turbine Industry
C.2.1 Technical Challenge of a Unique Technology
C.2.2 Aerodynamic Stall
C.2.3 Fatigue Cycles
C.2.4 Development of Commercial Technology
C.3 Market Overview
C.4 Global Wind Power Industry
C.5 Global Offshore Wind Power Industry
C.5.1 Role of Utilities in Offshore Wind
C.5.2 Supply Challenges
D. Analysis of Small Wind Turbines
D.2 Markets and Applications for Small Wind Turbines
D.3 Evolution of Commercial SWT Technology
D.4 Isolated Applications
D.5 Very Small Systems
D.6 Hybrid Systems
D.7 Wind-Diesel Systems
D.8 Grid-Connected Applications
D.9 Market Development
D.10 Grid-Connected Systems
D.11 Technology Trends and Recent Developments
F. Glossary of Terms