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Wind Energy

1 Mar 2020

The penetration rate of composites within the wind energy industry is up to 67% in 2018, i.e. an increase of 15 points between 2010 and 2018.

The global wind energy instaleed capacity has grown at 23% p.a. since 1997, with a strong growth from China.

The annual new capacity for global wind energy is stable since 2012 and Wind Energy represents 5% in volume of global composites market.

In value, the wind energy industry makes up 8% of the total composites market in 2016. In 2016-2021, its share of growth within the total composites market is estimated to be 9%.

The wind energy industry continues to innovate especially in the field of Offshore where dimensions are sometimes bigger than the wingspan of the Airbus A380. From 1990 to 2020, the diameter of rotor is estimated to evolve from 30m to 180m. In 2016, about half turbines in the market have blades longer than 50m.

Challenges in terms of price and technology are high. Here are some of the latest examples.