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Alternative Energy Grows in Europe

Wind and solar technology made up over half of Europe’s new electricity generating capacity in 2009, as the number of new coal and nuclear facilities fell

More wind capacity was installed in Europe during 2009 than any other electricity-generating technology, according to statistics released today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Wind accounted for 39 per cent of increased European energy capacity, ahead of gas (26 per cent) and solar (16 per cent). In contrast, the nuclear and coal power sectors decommissioned more megawatts of capacity than they installed in 2009, with a total of 1,393 MW of nuclear and 3,200 MW of coal decommissioned.

According to the EWEA report, €13 billion has been invested in wind farms across the EU in the last year, which are now capable of meeting 4.8 per cent of EU energy demands.

Spain is the country with the biggest share of new wind capacity (24 per cent), followed by Germany (19 per cent), Italy (19 per cent), France (11 per cent) and the UK (10 per cent).

The wind energy sector has grown by an average of 23 per cent over the last 15 years, with annual installations up from 472 MW in 1994 to 10,163 MW in 2009.

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February 8, 2010 at 11:21 AM Leave a comment

What Growth Will be Seen in Wind Turbine Control Systems?

The Wind Turbine Control systems market is well positioned to experience extraordinary growth for the next several years due to the volatility in oil cost, worldwide push for clean energy, favorable government incentives, and available investments funding for this area in the world financial community, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.

Asia’s strong demand for energy and growing pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is driving demand of renewable sources of energy such as wind power.  “Wind power is one of the key renewable energy sources that will make a significant contribution towards the goals of future energy models of every major country around the world.  Wind power is now an important part of the global energy picture which is driving substantial growth in the business,” according to Senior Analyst Himanshu Shah (, the principal author of ARC’s “Wind Turbine Control Systems Worldwide Outlook”  (

Clean Energy Demand Will Drive Phenomenal Growth for Wind Turbine Control Systems Globally

This study covers wind turbine control systems which comprises five major types of sub-systems based on its functionality: Main Control System, Condition Monitoring System, Power Converter System, Pitch Control System, and Yaw Control System.  Demand for wind turbine control systems is directly correlated to the demand for wind turbine manufacturing and wind power generation.

Global wind power installations will struggle throughout 2009, however suppliers are expecting a strong rebound after 2010.  Strategic decisions made now will have far reaching implications on wind turbine control system suppliers as recovery continues beyond 2010 with continuing push to add wind power generation capacity.  Intense market share competition will result in an increasing global competition and shift market power to the buyers.

Wind turbine control system suppliers are benefiting from an increasing demand for wind turbines worldwide and recognizing various areas of opportunities where performance can be improved.  The report also discusses what market issues are faced by wind turbine control systems suppliers as well as suppliers’ strategies.

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November 3, 2009 at 5:34 PM Leave a comment

US stimulus money boosts wind power

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New York, 22 October: The US renewable energy grant programme has led to a surge in wind project development in recent months, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

But it warned that development in the fourth quarter of 2009 is unlikely to be as strong, because wind turbine manufacturing still lags below 2008 levels.

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October 22, 2009 at 3:43 PM Leave a comment

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