- Published: 07 March 2006 07 March 2006
The international wind energy industry is expecting continued strong growth in the coming years with wind turbines having total capacity of some 210,000MW installed by 2014.
At present there are a total of 59,000MW on stream. So the growth forecast up to 2014 is about 151,000MW. That is one of the findings of the WindEnergy Study 2006, presented by Hamburg Messe. The German Wind Energy Institute (DEWI) surveyed companies active in wind energy on behalf of Hamburg Messe to get their assessments of the market, thus updating the second WindEnergy Study conducted in 2004. The international wind energy market, which showed growth rates in 2005 of 16% in Europe, and as much as 73% outside of Europe, will continue to boom, so respondents expect. They forecast installed power of some 77,000MW in Europe in 2010, and as much as 111,000MW in 2014. "The projections in the WindEnergy Study show that wind energy is well underway to becoming a main energy source in Europe," says Christian Kjaer, CEO of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Taking the world market as a whole, total installed power will be up many times, from today's level of about 60,000MW to 210,000MW in 2014. The key future markets identified by respondents were Germany, France, Spain and the United States.