- The Global Wind Industry – Historical, Present and Future Generation Statistics to 2030
Growth in the wind energy sector is primarily driven by one market, China. The United States of America ranks second, Germany and Spain rank third and fourth, respectively. India remains in fifth position with growth almost consistently matching the global average.
The contribution of offshore power continues to gain momentum. A more rapid globalisation of wind energy is becoming evident. Countries previously without wind generation capacity, or with very limited capacity, are now looking at far more ambitious plans than the early adopters considered when wind energy was in its relative infancy, and putting in place targets and fiscal incentives to reach them.
While many of the planned projects have yet to break ground, significant capacity increases is likely to be seen in countries where previously there was little. Mergers and acquisitions increased by turbine manufacturers to secure the supply chain and developers to increase their wind capacity. With many major Chinese turbine manufacturers extending their presence in key growth areas and seeking to eliminate risk of bottlenecks through acquisition of second tier suppliers, and Western manufacturers’ starting to acquire suppliers for the offshore sector. Long term growth is expected and it’s believed global cumulative capacity will reach 667 GW by 2020.
As a proportion of total renewable capacity, in terms of installed capacity wind energy has overtaken hydro becoming the most widely used renewable. Although, both technologies are not mutually exclusive and hydro can be used in a storage capacity for electricity generated from wind. Solar PV will enjoy similar success, of course with a different geographic mix.
Almost all renewables markets have been built on the back of government support and subsidies and in some cases these are substantial. Green certificates and carbon trading have become more embedded in policy. Governments continue to respond to their increasing obligations relating to renewable and emissions reductions.
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- Prysmian aboard the Energy Observer, the first hydrogen vessel to circumnavigate the globe in a 100% green manner
By supplying the cables installed on the catamaran, the group confirms its commitment to developing and promoting renewable energy
Milan, 20 June 2017 – Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announced its partnership with the Energy Observer, the world’s first catamaran powered solely by renewable sources, at the Paris Air Show today. Energy Observer and CEA Liten, the research institute that developed the project, have chosen Prysmian as the official supplier of cables which, through a high level of performance, reliability and light weight, provide energy generated from renewable sources to the vessel’s motor.
The catamaran, 31 metres long and 12.80 metres wide, is powered solely by renewable energy, drawing on 130m2 of solar panels, two vertical wind turbines and a sophisticated system that desalinates water, transforming it into hydrogen through electrolysis.
The Energy Observer, which set out on 14 April 2017 from the Port of Saint Malo (France), is currently committed to a six-year trip around the world during which it will travel to 101 ports in 50 countries. The goal of the project is to share with the world a concept of electrical power not in conflict with nature. It will be a long journey, but also an opportunity to engage in dialogue and build consensus about new solutions for a cleaner future.
“We are extremely proud to take part in the Energy Observer project and provide our contribution in the form of our knowledge and technology,” explained Alain Jeanguillame, Director of the Aerospace Business Unit of Prysmian Group, at Salon du Bourget (Salon International de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, Paris, 19-25 June), at which the partnership with the Energy Observer was officially presented. “After having equipped the Solar Impulse, this partnership allows us to continue down the path towards clean energy to which we have committed, by once again taking part in an ambitious and compelling project.”
The Group was recently technical partner to the Solar Impulse, the solar airplane that travelled around the world without using fuel in 2015 and 2016. The 17,000 solar cells integrated into the wings of this revolutionary airplane provided renewable energy to each of its four electric engines via the 150km of special aerospace cables made by Prysmian.
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