Over the last six years, the rate of growth in wind power capacity has steadily increased, but this could change in 1996. DEWI's Knud Rehfeldt expects the market to slow down considerably. "The number of megawatt installed will continue to grow but no longer exponentially," he comments.
Among wind turbine manufacturers, German Enercon continues to lead the field with nearly 30% of the turbines installed in 1995 coming out of its gates. Following at a distance are German Tacke and Danish companies Micon and Vestas. Another bunching of manufacturers follows with AN Maschinenbau, makers of Bonus turbines, Nordtank, Wind World, GET, Wistra and Hanseatische and Südwind.
The two coastal Länder continue to bear the brunt of development, although inland North Rhine Westfalia is receiving its fair share of turbines, with 65 MW added last year. The east German inland Länder of Brandenburg and Saxony are also pursuing wind energy with great enthusiasm and are close to matching the efforts of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern which benefits from the good winds along its long Baltic Sea coastline.