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Analyzing Small Wind Turbines

  • November 2015
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  • Aruvian's R'search
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  • 80 pages

For the last ten years worldwide wind turbine sales have grown approximately 29% annually and wind power is now the world's fastest growing source of energy. For the next twenty years it is expected to expand at double-digit rates.

The industry was affected by the global financial crisis and 2010 was a challenging year for the global wind turbine industry. However, the silver lining is that though the global wind installations will not be able to match the record installations of 2008, a strong rebound has taken place after 2010 with wind plant investment expected to reach $50 billion annually by the end of 2015. Also the dip in overall wind market demand that has followed the financial constraints has not constrained wind industry development & technology innovation.

The global wind turbine market is dominated by a small number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), but market competition is increasing as new OEMs enter the industry. Manufacturers are developing the next generation of wind turbines in the US and Europe. Government support of markets in Europe, India and other developing countries, has been largely responsible for burgeoning sales, providing manufacturers with cash flow to conduct private development efforts. European manufacturers currently supply most of the world market for utility-scale wind turbines and therefore provide the majority of the private investment in Research and Development.

Since wind turbines have many applications from the smallest to the biggest, Aruvian Research presents a research report solely focusing on Small Wind Turbines and the role they play in the global wind power industry. The report provides a numerical base of the wind turbine market by providing detail on wind turbine market on the demand as well as turbine numbers and size installed in major markets which also give an insight on the trends which are being noticed in such established markets globally.

Table Of Contents

Analyzing Small Wind Turbines
A. Executive Summary

B. Introduction to Wind Power
B.1 A Clean Green Energy - Wind Power
B.1.1 What is Wind Power?
B.1.2 How does it Work?
B.2 Electricity from Wind
B.3 How do Wind Turbines Work?
B.4 Wind Power Technology
B.5 Wind Power Markets
B.6 Accommodating the Variable Nature of Wind Power

C. Looking at the Wind Turbine Industry
C.1 Importance of Wind Power
C.2 Evolution of the Wind Turbine Industry
C.2.1 Technical Challenge of a Unique Technology
C.2.2 Aerodynamic Stall
C.2.3 Fatigue Cycles
C.2.4 Development of Commercial Technology
C.3 Market Overview
C.4 Global Wind Power Industry
C.5 Global Offshore Wind Power Industry
C.5.1 Overview
C.5.2 Asia
C.5.3 Europe
C.5.4 United States
C.5.5 Role of Utilities in Offshore Wind
C.5.6 Supply Challenges

D. Analysis of Small Wind Turbines
D.1 Overview
D.2 Markets and Applications for Small Wind Turbines
D.3 Evolution of Commercial SWT Technology
D.4 Isolated Applications
D.5 Very Small Systems
D.6 Hybrid Systems
D.7 Wind-Diesel Systems
D.8 Grid-Connected Applications
D.9 Market Development
D.10 Grid-Connected Systems
D.11 Technology Trends and Recent Developments

E. Appendix
E.1 How Does a Wind Turbine Work?
E.1.1 Components of Wind Turbines
E.1.2 Production Methods
E.1.3 Raw Materials
E.1.4 Architecture of a Modern Wind Turbine
E.1.5 Design Drivers for Modern Technology
E.2 Figures and Tables

F. Glossary of Terms

List of Figures

Figure 1: Top 10 Cumulative Capacity as of Dec 2014
Figure 2: Top 10 New Installed Capacity Jan-Dec 2014
Figure 3: Global Annual Installed Wind Capacity 1997-2014
Figure 4: Global Cumulative Installed Wind Capacity 1997-2014
Figure 5: Annual Installed Capacity by Region 2006-2014
Figure 6: Annual Offshore Wind Capacity Installations in Europe in 2014 (in MW)
Figure 7: Share of Wind Turbine Manufacturers' at end of 2014 (in MW)
Figure 8: Global Offshore Installed Base Market Share 2014
Figure 9: Typical Nacelle Layout of a Modern Wind Turbine
Figure 10: Ecotecnia 100 Nacelle Layout
Figure 11: Vestas V90 Nacelle Layout
Figure 12: General Layout for a Wind Turbine System
Figure 13: Proposed Offshore Wind Projects
Figure 14: An Offshore Wind Farm
Figure 15: Typical Power Curve of a Wind Turbine
Figure 16: How a Wind Turbine Comes Together
Figure 17: Wind Turbine Major Components
Figure 18: Schematic of Wind Turbine Major Subcomponents
Figure 19: Wind Turbine Market Share
Figure 20: Global Wind Energy in MW of Added Capacity per Year
Figure 21: Global Turbine Manufacturing Trends Overview by Region
Figure 22: Market Share of Large Turbine Manufacturers
Figure 23: Wind Turbine Production Process

List of Tables

Table 1: Emissions Factors of Gas, Coal and Wind Technologies (lb/MWh)
Table 2: Upcoming Offshore Wind Power Projects in Japan
Table 3: Wind Farms and Turbines Connected to the Grid at end of 2014 in Europe
Table 4: Classification of Small Wind Turbines
Table 5: Applications for Small Wind Turbines
Table 6: Wind Turbine Raw Materials, % by Weight, including Blades and Towers
Table 7: Percentage of Materials Used in Current Wind Turbine Component

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