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Windtech International March April 2024 issue






WWEA has released the 2013 Small Wind World Report Update. The total number of small wind turbines installed worldwide reached 730,000 units as of the end of 2011 after 656,000 units in 2010, 521,000 in 2009 and 460,000 in 2008.

These small wind turbines represent a total capacity of around 576 MW (end of 2011), compared with a total capacity of 240GW of large wind turbines.  The largest share of the small wind turbines can be found in China (500,000 units/225MW) and the USA (151,000 units/198MW), followed by the medium sized markets with 2,000-22,000 installed units and 5-50MW total capacity (UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, Poland, Japan and Italy). In 2020, WWEA expects that the total installed small wind capacity will reach 5GW. The market for new small wind turbines will have a volume of around 1GW in the year 2020. More than 330 manufacturers of small wind turbines have been identified in 40 countries on all continents, and another estimated 300 companies are manufacturing equipment for the small wind industry. More than half of these manufacturers can be found in China and the USA, Germany, Canada and the UK. The full version of WWEA,s Small Wind World Report 2013 includes:
  • basic statistical information
  • a small wind world market forecast 2020
  • an overview of policies, driving factors & challenges
  • detailed country reports
  • a small wind manufacturers catalogue
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