Small wind in the world: nearly one million turbines installed and 700 MW of aggregate power

At the Fifth World Summit for Small Wind, held as part of the Husum New Energy trade fair which took place from the 20th to 23rd of March in Husum, Germany, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has released its latest world report on small wind energy. The report, entitled “2014 Small Wind World Report Update”, gives the main statistics on this technology worldwide.

According to the report, of which an extract appears below, the global market for small wind reached 678 MW at the end of 2012, with China, the U.S. and the UK accounting for 80% of installed capacity.

The fact that the market is concentrated practically in these three countries indicates that the global market for small wind is still at a very early stage, and that the vast majority of markets are far from having reached their critical mass, which will then enable manufacturers to reach mass production level. More and better policies are thus imperative for small wind to become a worldwide success.

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2014