Small Wind Turbines See Dynamic Growth
On the occasion of the 4th World Summit for Small Wind in Husum, the World Wind Energy Association has launched a special internet portal that is exclusively dedicated towards small wind turbines and the 2013 Small Wind World Report Update. The total number of small wind turbines installed all over the world reached 730’000 units as of the end of 2011 after 656’000 units in 2010, after 521’000 in 2009 and 460’000 in 2008. These small wind turbines represent a total capacity of around 576 MW (end of 2011), compared with a total capacity of 240 GW of large wind turbines.
The largest share of the small wind turbines can be found in two countries, China (500’000 units/225 MW) and the USA (151’000 units/198 MW), followed by the medium sized markets with 2-22’000 installed units and 5-50 MW total capacity: UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, Poland, Japan and Italy. In 2020, WWEA expects that the total installed small wind capacity will reach 5 GW. The market for new small wind turbines will have a volume of around 1 GW in the year 2020.
The aim of the portal is to offer an exchange platform for the small wind sector. The portal has a public area which is accessible for everybody and an area that is accessible for all members of WWEA Small Wind, offering more in-depth information for small wind professionals.
The main features of small-wind.org are:
- general information about small wind
- small wind statistics
- information about standards, certification and policies
- a buyer’s guide for consumers who are interested in installing small wind generators
- a forum for discussion of important topics within the small wind sector
Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General: “We are very pleased that we can offer a special platform for the small wind sector, a still small but fast growing part of the wind industry. Already today, millions of people are getting their electricity supplied from small wind turbines. With the new portal, we want to address the needs for more information within the small wind industry as well as of consumers but also for decision-makers in governments and public agencies.”
Nico Peterschmidt, Chair of the WWEA Small Wind section: “Small wind today is subject to continuous technological innovation, changes of legal frameworks and changes in standards and certification required to enter into small wind markets. The internet portal of WWEA Small Wind brings all small wind stakeholders together, encourages discussions in its forums and provides important information required to harvest more of the vast small wind potential.”