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New record of wind industry capacity

New record of wind industry capacity

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Wind turbine manufacturers supplied 104 GW in 2021, new register from capacityaccording to annual data from World Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The latest report found that 30 turbine plants installed 104.7 gigawatts of new wind capacity last year despite ongoing disruptions from the pandemic, mounting pressure from soaring commodity prices and logistical issues.

GWEC data shows that 30 wind turbine manufacturers installed 29,234 wind turbines worldwide in 2021, 18 of them in the Asia Pacific region and nine in Europe. Vestas It had a record year to remain the number one turbine supplier, achieving 17.7% of new installations.

Chinese company Goldwind It was followed by 11.8%, maintaining its position since 2020, while Siemens Gamesa It also achieved a record year with a global market share of 9.7%, and rose two places to third place in 2021. Another Chinese company, Imagine It ranks fourth with 8.65% of the 2021 market, while General Electric Renewable Energy It completes the top five with 8.55% of the market.

Diversification of wind markets

Vestas s Siemens Gamesa It enjoyed record years, with the two companies leading the way in geographic diversification, with deliveries to 37 and 32 countries respectively. GE supplied 22 markets in 2021, while Goldwind and Envision reached seven and three markets, respectively.

The upward trend in wind turbine rating and rotor diameter from last year continues. The average nominal capacity of new turbines installed in 2021 has exceeded the 3,500 kW barrier while rotors over 140 m in size represent more than 58% of new installations.

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This is mainly because the wind industry set a record year for new offshore wind installations, while larger onshore wind turbines were installed in China after entering the onshore wind market in the era of grid parity from 2021.

Data shows that medium-speed wind turbines continue to gain popularity, with their global market share rising to 9.7% in 2021, an increase of 3.6% from 2020. Minjiang and Vestas continue to be the main drivers of this turboprop train solution with Goldwind, the world’s number one direct-drive wind turbine supplier, and sewing A major supplier of offshore wind turbines in China installed medium-speed commercial wind turbines in 2021 for the first time.

Dual Feed Induction Generator (DFIG) remains the leading solution in 2021 with a 50% market share, followed by Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Generator (DD PMG), Squirrel Cage Induction Generator (SCIG) and Medium Speed ​​PMG Generator.

source: Jose A. Roca / The Energy Newspaper

Reference article: https://elperiodicodelaenergia.com/industria-eolica-instalo-record-104gw-2021/