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WindEnergy Hamburg came to a close with highly positive results: international visitors and exhibitors from all parts of the world, numerous reports of successful business deals and the development of new markets. Hamburg, the wind industry capital, not only hosted the world’s biggest wind industry meeting ever, but also provided the ideal conditions for further development of the industry. The international wind market will grow by a great many megawatts as a follow-up to this expo.

WindEnergy Hamburg took place over four days, from 27 to 30 September, with more than 1,400 exhibitors from 34 nations presenting their innovative products and services for the onshore and offshore wind power sector in 9 exhibition halls covering around 65,000 m2. For the first time, the conference WindEurope Summit was held in parallel, with the thematic focus “Making transition work”. It put on a high-powered programme with presentations and lectures by some 300 experts covering all the current and future themes of the industry.


The world’s leading expo for wind energy was even more international than its first edition in 2014, with some 35,000 trade visitors from 48 nations making the trip to Hamburg. The percentage of foreign visitors rose to about 40% with the percentage of international exhibitors increasing to 44%.

The results of a representative visitor survey undertaken by an independent market research agency show that more than half the expo visitors were directly involved in the business decisions of their companies. Some 60% attended with the aim of obtaining new business leads. Interest in products and services was approximately equal for the offshore and onshore sectors. More than 90% of visitors stressed the importance of the strong international participation and the variety of the products and services showcased at the expo.

WindEnergy Hamburg and the WindEurope Summit were opened by the German Vice Chancellor and the Economics and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who said: “The wind industry is unquestionably a global growth market, with Germany as a major innovation driver. In 2015, the growth rate for new wind turbines in Europe was 6%, adding 13GW, while global growth was 17%, adding 60GW. In the present legislative session, we have structured the Energy Transition and made it plannable, so that this vital market can continue to grow in the future. We have set key parameters for the next phase of the Energy Transition, with the latest reform of the Renewable Energy Act, the Electricity Market Act and digitisation of the Energy Transition. This new phase will be characterised by a growing share of renewable energies and increasing digitisation throughout the energy system.”

Maroš Šefčovič EU Commission Vice President and responsible within the European Commission for the Energy Union, pointed out: “All of us here today agree that the Energy Transition is a business model. It’s not just about Energy Transition, it’s about economic transition.” Commenting on the goals agreed at the UN Climate Summit in Paris, Šefčovič said that “we want to accelerate the success of renewables. Wind energy plays a key role in that.” By 2030, at least 50% of electricity demand and 27% of total energy consumption will be covered by renewables. “It is quite clear,” said Šefčovič “that this is the only way forward.”

windhamburgo4All the key international players used WindEnergy Hamburg to present themselves to the global industry and to close deals. Exhibitors included the leading turbine manufacturers and component suppliers, project developers and energy supply companies, as well as specialists from all areas of the wind industry.

WindEnergy Hamburg and the WindEurope Summit offered decision makers from the energy sector in both mature and emerging markets a great many opportunities to create useful leads for further business development and to find out about the latest trends. These included solutions for the major challenges of our times such as combating climate change and cutting carbon emissions by means of smart grids, storage technologies and digitisation. A large proportion of the innovations and further developments presented in Hamburg are aimed at reducing power purchase costs. The topics covered at the conference include environmental impacts and social acceptance, finance, grid integration, resource assessment, the supply chain and turbine technology.

WindEnergy Hamburg 2018 will be held at the Hamburg Messe und Congress site from 25 to 28 September and the WindEurope Summit will again be held in parallel.

windhamburgo3FuturENERGY at WindEnergy Hamburg

FuturENERGY was present at this prominent event for the international wind industry at both the Media Village and the different Trade Press zones, especially provided by the organisers to hand out copies of the international magazines that took part as media partners at this event. Every visitor, exhibitor and in short every agent in the wind power sector that visited Hamburg from the 27 to 30 September had the opportunity to pick up a copy of our magazine on display in this zone and to enjoy reading it in the areas provided by the event organisers beside the various press stands.

This year FuturENERGY offered a special issue dedicated to wind power published as a special supplement to its June magazine, supported by one of the leading wind turbine manufacturers on the market, Vestas, that featured as the cover story for this special edition. You can access the digital version of this issue by clicking here.

windhamburgo2Other large companies from the wind sector included collaborators and advertisers in this special edition, such as Aceros Urquijo, Schaeffler, Manufacturas Eléctricas (MESA); Navantia, Green Eagle Solutions, CENER and Global Energy Services (GES).

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The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) launched its flagship publication, the Global Wind Report: Annual Market update in Brussels. The wind power industry set new records across the world last year, and wind is leading the transformation of the global power system, long overdue and very necessary to achieve the climate objectives agreed by 186 nations in Paris last December.

“Wind power led all technologies in new power generation in 2015”, said GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer; “Led by wind, renewables have come of age and are transforming the power sector.”

The Chinese industry continued to amaze, installing no less than 30.8 GW of new capacity last year, more than the whole industry installed in 2008, and China surpassed the EU in total installations, ending the year with 145 GW in total. Both Europe and the US markets performed better than expected, and the European offshore sector set a new record, installing just over 3 GW.  Canada, Mexico and Brazil all had strong years.

“The Paris Agreement requires a fully decarbonized power system by 2050 if not before, if we are keeping temperatures below 2°C above pre-industrial levels,” said Sawyer. “We have to turn things around very quickly.”

GWEC projects that wind power installations will nearly double in the next five years, led by China, but with major contributions from both Europe, on the basis of its 2020 targets, and the US, which is now entering its longest period of policy stability. The US see a much stronger industry emerge, setting the stage for a period of rapid growth in the coming years.

At the same time, new markets are emerging across Africa, Asia and Latin America, which will provide the major growth markets in the next decade. Outside of China, Asia will be led by India, but new markets such as Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Mongolia are developing quickly.

South Africa was the first market in Africa to pass the 1,000 MW last year, and alongside Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia and Kenya, will be leading development in that market. Brazil will continue to lead in Latin America, followed by Chile and Uruguay, and a potentially very large market is just now opening up in Argentina.

“Wind power is now mainstream, supplying competitive, reliable and clean energy to fuel economic growth, and to cut emissions in established economies, while at the same time creating new jobs, new industries, and enhancing energy security,” said Sawyer.

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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.

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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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    O&M contract types and evaluation of the ideal service model for onshore wind assets O&M

    The European wind power market is diverse and characterised by a wide variety of players, ownership and service structures. The expectations and approaches with regard to the quality of onshore wind services vary appreciably from country to country. Deutsche Windtechnik now looks after more than 2,700 wind turbines in 5 countries and is preparing for further growth. The markets differ not only in their remuneration structures and political circumstances but also, above all, in the structure of their operators, service companies and customers’ requirements.

    One key fact that influences the service structure and eventually the potential performance of the wind asset is its size. While smaller wind farms or projects, even those comprising one single wind turbine, have to be managed on a regional level with technicians taking care of several wind farms, large wind assets require permanent technicians that are dedicated to the individual project. These on site dedicated technicians, as well as on site spare parts storage (typically in owners’ substation facilities) lead to less travel time, fewer scheduling hurdles and a greater level of identification by the personnel to the wind turbine.

    As regards the scope of the contract, full maintenance is an unbroken trend in Germany. Depending on the operator’s wishes, with or without major components, including or excluding the rotor blades, the contract can be flexibly designed. Usually institutional investors or smaller operators are the ones who prefer an all-round service. Read more…

    Melf Lorenzen
    Country Manager Spain, Deutsche Windtechnik

    Article published in: FuturENERGY November 2015

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    Ingeteam’s market entry into Belgium wind market marks yet another step forward in its strategy to gain a firm foothold in northern Europe. The company has been awarded the operation and maintenance services for the Berloz wind farm, located in eastern Belgium. With this new contract in Belgium, Ingeteam Service, a leader in the provision of operation and maintenance services to power generating plants, is responsible for the maintenance of 17.5 MW of the total installed power at the wind farm, thereby achieving the first contract for the 2.5 MW platform in the country. Belgium has a wind power capacity of 1,960 MW and has experienced continuous growth over the last few years, primarily in the off-shore wind sector. Thanks to this new contract, Ingeteam Service has strengthened its international positioning in the operation and maintenance sector, whilst the company has also achieved a cumulative growth of 50% in Europe in the course of this year.

    On a global level, Ingeteam Service has increased its maintained power in relation to 2014 by almost 2 GW, a figure which places its global portfolio at 6.6 GW.

    By sectors, the maintained power in the wind power sector in 2015 has increased by 40% whilst, in the PV sector, the figure has grown by 48%. Furthermore, Ingeteam Service has experienced considerable growth in the generating plant market, with its entry into the Oil & Gas sector.

    Ingeteam has increased its international presence in a total of 17 countries, with the inauguration of two new subsidiaries in the course of this year, namely in Romania and the Philippines. The company has plans to continue its international expansion during the forthcoming year.

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    Parque eólico de Gamesa en China

    According to WWEA, the worldwide wind capacity reached 392,927 MW by the end of June 2015, out of which 21,678 MW were added in the first six months of 2015. This increase is substantially higher than in the first half of 2014 and 2013, when 17,6 GW respectively 13,9 GW were added. All wind turbines installed worldwide by mid-2015 can generate 4 % of the world’s electricity demand.

    The global wind capacity grew by 5,8% within six months (after 5,6 % in the same period in 2014 and 4,9 % in 2013) and by 16,8 % on an annual basis (mid-2015 compared with mid-2014). In comparison, the annual growth rate in 2014 was lower (16,5 %).

    Reasons for the relatively positive development of the worldwide wind markets are certainly the economic advantages of wind power, after all its increasing competitiveness, uncertainties regarding the international oil and gas supply, and the pressing need to go for emission free technologies in order to mitigate climate change and air pollution.

    wwea_cifrasChina está cerca de alcanzar 125 GW de capacidad instalada y el recién llegado Brasil es el cuarto mayor mercado para nuevas instalaciones de aerogeneradores.

    Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General: “The world market for wind power is booming like never before, and we expect new record installations for the total year 2015. The main markets are still China – with an astonishing growth of more than 10 GW within six months – USA, Germany and India. Brazil showed the highest growth rate of all major markets, the country has increased its wind power capacity by 14% since the beginning of this year. However, several of the European markets are now very flat, and also the largest European market Germany expects a major slowdown in the coming one to two years, after the expected regulatory changes are in force“.

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      Last July EWEA launched a study with the same title as this article to evaluate the potential of the European deep water offshore wind market. The move to ever deeper waters is already evident, supported year after year by the facility statistics in Europe. However, overcoming the barrier of depths of 40-50 metres opens up enormous potential for this market; one only has to think of the possibility of using the Mediterranean’s offshore wind resources, where there is currently not even one offshore wind farm up and running. Below we discuss the main ideas presented in this study.

      At the end of 2012 there were 1,662 turbines totalling 5 GW of installed offshore wind capacity spread across 55 wind farms in 10 European countries. They produced 18 TWh, enough electricity to power almost five million households. Offshore wind represents 10% of installed wind capacity across Europe. Most of the offshore projects (3.2 GW, representing 65% of total capacity) are located in the North Sea.

      16% of total capacity is located in the Baltic Sea and 19% in the Atlantic. In the first six months of 2013, Europe fully grid connected 277 offshore wind turbines, with a combined capacity totalling over 1 GW, making it true to say that current installed offshore capacity in Europe is over 6 GW.

      Article published in: FuturENERGY December 2013