At the end of June wind capacity worldwide reached 456,486 MW, which corresponds to 4.7 % of the global electricity demand. In the second half of 2016, an additional 40 GW are expected, bringing the total to 500 GW. The announcement was made by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) in its half-year report.
An analysis presented at WindEnergy Hamburg last week shows that in Europe the cost of energy from offshore wind farms could be reduced by a third by 2030 thanks to a number of technological innovations.
Next year Siemens will start producing three new models of onshore wind turbines. They will maximize the output at low and medium wind speed, and reduce noise. The announcement was made this week at WindEnergy 2016, the trade show in Hamburg.
Gamesa has announced the installation of the prototypes of its newest turbine models G126-2.5 MW and G132-3.3 MW at the Alaiz R&D facility in Navarra, Spain.
Feeling the pressure from regions that have ramped up investment in renewable energy, the European wind industry has put forward proposals on ways to keep competitive.