Wind energy Gamesa hits a new wind farm capacity installation record

Gamesa installed a record 3,280 MW of new capacity in 2011, 27.8% more than in 2010. This figure tops the company’s former annual installation record of 3,134 MW, registered in 2008, and lifts the total installed in the last 17 years to 24,138 MW.

Thanks to this effort, the company has moved higher to the fourth place on the list of the world’s wind turbine manufacturers last year, according to a report from research firm IHS Emerging Energy Research. Gamesa climbed four notches in just a year.

These achievements were possible thanks to the hard work of, among others, Planning, Operations, Logistics, BEU, Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Services and Construction departments.

In 2011, 87% of the new capacity installed (2,898 MW) was added outside Spain in a total of 22 countries across all five continents, up from 78% in 2010 (2,020 MW). The growth is even more significant if compared with 2003, when only 11% of the MW installed by Gamesa were located abroad.

Last year, Gamesa consolidated its presence in its traditional markets, but also installed its first wind turbines in countries such as Honduras, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Azerbaiyan and Sweden.
Fourth among manufacturers, with a market share of 8%

In 2011, Gamesa’s market share worldwide rose by 1.6% in 2011 to 8%, according to HIS-EER report. Vestas, although maintaining its first place in the ranking with 5.217 MW installed, lost 2% of market share (12,7%).

China’s Sinovel was second, but it stalled with 3.700 MW of deliveries, compared with 4.390 MW in 2010. Fellow Chinese manufacturerGoldwindwas in a close third-place with 3.600 MW of deliveries or 8.7% of the market.

Germany’sEnerconmaintained fifth spot with 3.200 MW, while US giant GE saw its market position slide sharply to sixth place, from third in 2010, as deliveries fell from 3.790 MW to 3.170 MW.

Siemens, which until recently had a stated aim of becoming one of the top-three wind turbine manufacturers in 2012, stayed in ninth place last year, with a market share of 6.3%.

Overall, the company which saw its market share increase the most was China’s Guodian, with a 3.3% boost to 7.4%. Fellow Chinese company XEMC, Gamesa, Mingyang, Siemens and Suzlon Group (including REpower) also saw their shares increase.

At the other extreme, Dongfang, Sinovel, Vestas, and GE were among the companies that saw the biggest falls in market share.