The world market for wind turbines saw growth in the first half of this year, with approximately 16 GW of new capacity added worldwide, according to the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA). China represents the largest market and added 7.8 GW within six months, reaching almost 34 GW of total installations.
‘The world market for wind turbines saw a slight slowdown in the first half of 2010,’ says Anil Kane, president of WWEA. ‘However, there is still a robust development in many countries. The Asian markets, and especially China with its impressive growth, continue to be the main drivers of the world wind energy markets.’
The U.S., number one in total capacity with 36 GW, saw a major decrease in new installations and added only 1.2 GW, followed by India. The five major European markets showed similar growth: Germany added 660 MW, France and the U.K. added 500 MW, Italy added 450 MW and Spain added 400 MW.
The total capacity of all wind turbines installed worldwide reached 175 GW in mid-2010, compared to 159 GW by the end of 2009.
SOURCE: World Wind Energy Association