Foundations for any size of wind turbine, from 1 to 12 MW

FuturENERGY September-October 2020

In 2019, wind power developers commissioned around 61 GW of capacity, most of which, about 88% or just over 53 GW, was for onshore wind turbines. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Denmark’s Vestas held onto its position as the world’s leading supplier of wind turbines with 9.6 MW, all of which for onshore installations. The first four manufacturers in the ranking, Siemens-Gamesa, Goldwind and GE, in addition to Vestas, not only head up the wind power market, but together account for 55% of the market share. Looking at the figures for the onshore wind sector only, Vestas, Goldwind, GE and Siemens-Gamesa together enjoy a market share of 56%.

In recent years, developers from around the globe have relied on the Soft-spot® design, developed by CTE Wind, as the foundation solution for wind turbines in their wind power projects. In 2019 alone, the company designed foundations for around 1,700 wind turbines, which represents some 5 GW at global level, to bring the total to 16,500 wind turbines across 70 countries. Since the launch of this optimised solution took place in 2003, the cumulative experience has turned the CTE Wind foundation into the option of choice for wind turbine manufacturers, wind farm developers, EPC contractors and constructors worldwide.

Regardless of the model, size and output of the wind turbine, whether a prototype or the giant Haliade X from GE, or wind turbines of 1 MW or less, from German manufacturers such as ENO or Holland’s EWT, and no matter the terrain conditions, CTE Wind engineers address foundation design for turbine models from the leading suppliers to the smallest local manufacturer as a viable challenge.