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On the occasion of the World Small Wind Conference held during Intersolar Europe in Munich (Germany), WWEA has released the global small wind statistics. The Summary of the 2017 Small Wind World Report indicates that 2015 was one of the most challenging years for the small wind industry in the recent years.

As of the end of 2015, a cumulative total of at least 990’000 small wind turbines were installed all over the world. This is an increase of 5 % (8,3 % in 2014) compared with the previous year, when 945’000 units were registered. It means that worldwide, several million families are getting power from small wind turbines. However, only in Italy, the number of new installations increased during 2015.

 

The recorded small wind capacity installed worldwide has reached more than 945 MW as of the end of 2015. This is a growth of 14 % compared with 2014, when 830 MW were registered. In 2012, 678 MW were installed. China accounts for 43 % of the global capacity, the USA for 25 %, UK for 15 % and Italy for 6,3%.

A downward trend in supporting policies for small wind in the three biggest markets has decreased the number of new installations although the installed capacity was bigger than in the previous year. Smaller markets like Italy or Japan, with more favorable policies, have attracted the industry and became a lifesaver for the sector. Markets like Japan or Australia will become more and more important for small wind manufacturers in the next years.

China continues to be clearly the market leader in terms of installed units: at least 43’000 units were added in 2015, reaching 732’000 units installed by the end of 2015 and accounting for 93 % of the new units installed worldwide.

Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General: “Small wind can contribute substantially to the power supply in many countries of the world. In particular in hybrid systems and in combination with solar and other renewable technologies, small wind turbines can enable citizens, communities and businesses to produce power at affordable cost, without harming the environment. However, the manufacturing sector requires policies which provide predictable and sizable markets in order to invest and scale up production facilities. If this is given, prices for small wind turbines will decrease further. The small wind sector itself will continue working on improving quality of its products by aiming at harmonizing and simplifying international standards and certification schemes.

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Special report focusing on the renewables market in Mexico, published as a separate issue to the April 2017 edition of FuturENERGY for special distribution at MIREC Week, an event that ran from 8 to 12 May and at which FuturENERGY has an active presence thanks to its Mexico office.

This special report includes the following:

 

COVER STORY
VESTAS. Auctions only go two ways: either you win or you lose

SPECIAL REPORT: MIREC WEEK
Key issues for clean energy finance in Mexico
The renewable market and auctions in Latin America. The case of Mexico
The Nordex Group: success in Argentina, Mexico and Chile
Ingeteam expands its services, consolidating its leadership in Mexico

WIND POWER
New optimised product designs for rotor bearing supports in wind turbines
Monitoring, analysis and improved performance of wind farms
Professionalising procurement in the wind energy service market

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Enerray established a comprehensive local structure for commercialisation, distribution and technical operations in Mexico in 2014. To help consolidate its market presence, its headquarters in Italy decided to invest US$500,000 in a solar rooftop installation for its offices in Queretaro, representing a first step as an EPC company in Mexico. This has given the company in-house experience of all the factors that can impact on rooftop project development in the region, showcasing its ability to handle local regulations and the licensing process.

Since that first project to date, local conditions have changed considerably. One of the factors affecting the market has been the depreciation of the Mexican peso against the US dollar, which has decreased the amount of national investment inflow. In addition, the implementation of the Energy Reform has brought uncertainty to certain regulatory aspects, slowing market growth. Furthermore, the current electricity tariff also represents a barrier for solar market deployment, particularly in the distributed generation sector. On the positive side, a change of mindset is finally taking place in the Mexican industrial sector, which now recognises solar as a viable option for powering their facilities.

 

Regarding solar irradiation, Mexico is in a privileged position, offering some of the greatest solar resources in the world. The fact that Germany continues to invest in solar after subsidies have been offset is an indicator of the technology’s potential, which can be even greater in countries such as Mexico. We are confident that the Mexican solar industry will eventually take off, but the speed at which it is adopted will depend on how the market evolves. Read more…

Andrea Bernardi
Mexico Country Manager at Enerray

Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2016

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The global solar market had a record year in 2015, adding 14GW to its annual rate of installations for a total of market size of 55 GW.

The Global Solar Demand Monitor, launched by GTM Research,  is a quarterly report that brings insights and forecasts on the global solar landscape. By analyzing the demand drivers, policies and risks that shape markets, it enables companies globally to be successful in the market today while preparing for the future.

2016 is set to be another good year, with the market set to grow by 21% to 66 GW. The landscape is very diverse, with the top three markets making up the majority of demand, over ten major gigawatt-scale markets globally, 20 will be multi-gigawatt by the end of the decade, and Latin America and the Middle East on the rise. At the same time, global solar policies are in a state of flux, transitioning away from direct subsidies to competitively procured solar, leading to more complex market dynamics and business models.

There is now, more than ever, the need to dive deeper into the top markets to sustain growth as they mature while expanding an understanding of major markets and those on the rise.

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The drop in growth expected in 2016 compared to last year marks a slight slowdown that will deepen in 2017.  The slowdown is tied to the policy turmoil in several large markets – China, Japan and the U.K. even as two other key market – the U.S. and India grow at triple-digit rates.

China has overtaken Germany has the country with the highest cumulative installations globally at 47GW, and has also beaten Germany every year in annual installations since 2013.

In the top 5, Italy has been overshadowed by others as its annual installations have dropped to less than 500 MW and the U.K.’s position is threatened by major pullback in policy support for solar.

Japan and the U.S. are now close on the heels of Germany and are set to push the country  further down the rankings in the future. China was the largest solar market in 2015 with a 34% market share.

The top five countries will make up 75% of global demand in 2016. In 2016 China will retain its top spot but it’s share will fall to 26% because of a demand spike in the U.S. tied to the Investment Tax Credit there. The U.S.’s demand spike in 2016 pushes it to number two in demand globally with a 24% market share, almost rivaling that of China this year. The U.S. displaces Japan in 2016, as the latter’s demand begins to fall this year due to pullbacks in its FiT.

The global demand landscape is set for a substantial diversification as growth is picking up beyond the major markets with the potential to offer 2GW+ each by 2020.

Latin America is leading the charge with new markets like Mexico, Brazil and Chile set to add a total of 21 GW by 2020.demandmonitor_q216_sitegraphic_baja

The Middle East and Turkey (MENAT) will add 16GW from Algeria, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and the U.A.E.

In Asia, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia add 15GW by 2020 apart from the giants China, India, Japan and Australia. East Asia, led by China, but also bolstered by Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia was responsible for the majority of global demand in 2015 at 58%. East Asia will retain the lead but will loose considerable market share in 2016 to South Asia because of India’s doubling of demand and to North America because of the U.S.’s demand spike.

Europe is set for a turnaround in the years ahead after having lost considerable market share in the past years, culminating in a 5% loss between 2015-2016. Latin America offer exceptionally high growth – it will grow 100% in 2016 and 28% on a compounded basis between 2016-2020.

With its latest auction, Mexico has taken a leap and is set to match Brazil with a cumulative 7 GW of demand until 2020. Latin America also offers several smaller markets that offer opportunistic demand of a cumulative 3 GW between Central America and the Caribbean. In the rest of South America, Argentina and Peru are emerging as strong demand markets.

 

 


 

 

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In 2015, Gamesa bolstered its leadership in the world’s biggest wind power markets: the company ranked number one in India and Mexico, number two in Brazil and number one among western OEMs in China, according to the most recent data published by international consultancy, MAKE.

This solid positioning in emerging markets pushed the company two spots higher, from seventh to fifth place, in the global ranking of OEMs (onshore & offshore), with a market share of 5.9%, up from 4.2% in 2014. Stripping out the offshore market, Gamesa rises to fourth place, with a market share of 6.2%.

As singled out in the report itself, Gamesa was the only manufacturer to place in the top 10 in every region (EMEA, APAC and Americas), evidencing the success of its strategic geographic diversification. Gamesa has installed its turbines in 53 countries around the world; in 2015, Gamesa’s sales volumes were predominantly accounted for by India (29%), Latam (27%), Europe & RoW (18%), the US (11%) and China (13%).

Indeed, Gamesa consolidated its position as the leading manufacturer in India for the third year running, further increasing the gap with respect to the number-two OEM and lifting its market share from 25% in 2014 to 34% in 2015. Its leadership in this market, coupled with a strong performance in the Philippines, positioned it as the top manufacturer in APeC (Asia Pacific, excluding China). Meanwhile, in the Asian giant, Gamesa managed to establish itself as the leading non-Chinese OEM.

In Latin America, as well as commissioning facilities in Honduras, Costa Rica and Uruguay, Gamesa once again took first place in Mexico (taking more than 50% of the market), while consolidating its position as the number-two player in Brazil, where it tripled its market share from 10% in 2014 to 29% last year.

In Europe, the company ranked among the top five in countries such as Sweden, Poland and Italy, while in Africa and the Middle East, its rankings in Mauritania and Egypt, where it is market leader, stand out.

Lastly, in the US, where the company commissioned 8.6 GW in 2015, Gamesa climbed to fifth place by market share, driven by the success of its new turbine, the G114-2.0 MW, for which the order intake topped 400 MW in 2015.

Mexico’s installed solar PV capacity is currently at less than 1 GW and in all probability, only 2 to 3 GW will be added by 2020. Until recently, Mexico represented the most promising solar market in Latin America. But the strong growth expected for the country is now much less certain. In fact, solar installation figures in 2016 could be 36% lower than those projected last year. So what has happened? As GTM Research has documented, solar project developers and financiers are dealing with a completely new set of rules for selling solar electricity into Mexico’s energy market. Those new rules are causing some confusion and, as such, activity has slowed down.

For the first time ever, the country actually has a competitive market to sell into. Over the last couple of years, the Mexican government has been working on a plan to overhaul the state-owned electricity provider and build a wholesale market to encourage competition. The new market was launched this January and auctions will take place over the coming months.

Almost everyone sees Mexico’s transition to a competitive market as necessary to meet the country’s growing power demand. But as energy suppliers grapple with the new rules (some of which have still not been finalised or are confusing), there are many eager solar companies and investors sitting on the sidelines, trying to figure out how and when to bid into the market. Read more…

Stephen Lacey
Managing Editor, Greentech Media

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016

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The global wind tower market was valued at more than $26 billion (approx. €23.3 billion) in 2015, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.4% during 2016-2022, according to a report issued by P&S Market Research.

The factors driving the growth of the global market include the increased government support for wind power projects, increasing global wind power capacity and need for geopolitical energy security, P&S Market Research said.

Based on application, offshore segment is anticipated to witness the highest growth (17.0% CAGR) in the global wind tower market. The global offshore wind tower market is primarily driven by increasing offshore wind capacity, and the number of offshore wind projects in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Europe held the major share in the global offshore wind tower market.

In 2015, Asia-Pacific held the largest share in the global wind tower market. The major reasons behind the growth of the wind tower market in the region are high energy demands in the region and high growth in the wind energy industry. China dominated the Asia-Pacific as well as global wind tower market. The total wind power capacity installed in China was 75.3 GW in 2012, which increased to 114.6 GW in 2014, the “Global Wind Tower Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2022” report says.

The wind tower market in Middle East and Africa, and Latin America is still at its nascent form. Currently, there are very few large scale wind farms, as compared to other regions across the globe. However, several countries across Latin America and Africa are framing regulations to reduce their dependency on petroleum fuels and increase production of renewable energy. This is creating abundant opportunities for the manufacturers of wind towers for their capacity and geographical expansion. The Middle East and Africa wind tower market is anticipated to witness the fastest growth (25.4% CAGR) during the forecast period, to reach $1.34 billion (approx. €1.2 billion) by 2022, the analyst and consultancy company said.

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Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has had its G97-2.0 MW turbine certified by a Chinese certification entity authorised by China’s National Energy Administration (NEA).

The G97-2.0 MW is a benchmark turbine in the Chinese market, where over 150 units have been installed since 2011. Moreover, so far this year, Gamesa has secured orders for the supply of another 99 turbines of this make.

It is now mandatory to obtain local product certification in order to sell wind turbines in China in the wake of specific legislation passed which took effect on 1 July 2015.

“Gamesa has become the first foreign OEM to obtain this distinction from a Chinese certification agency”, said Antonio de la Torre, Gamesa’s director of product development.

In the wake of certification of the G97-2.0 MW, the company is planning to have the rest of its Chinese 2-MW product catalogue certified under the local standard in the months to come. Gamesa’s presence in China, where it has installed over 3,800 MW and currently services almost 900 MW, dates back 15 years.

Type certification for the G114-2.0 MW class S

Elsewhere, the company has also secured type certification for its G114-2.0 MW class S turbine, a variant of this model tailor-designed for the low-wind weather conditions typical of the Asian market.

This milestone completes the process of certifying the company’s turbine and constitutes an endorsement for the platform’s technology which in turn bolsters the marketing and industrialisation processes.

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