Windpower Intelligence - Wind Power Technology Forecast to 2024

Based on extensive primary research this study profiles the major wind power technology trends, and identifies which of these will have the greatest impact on the wind power industry over the next five to 10 years.

Author: Eize de Vries | Published: Jun 2014 | Pages: 106 | Tables: 3 | Figures: 34

Find out about

  • How technology developments will affect the market globally 
  • Which technologies will have the greatest impact on the wind power supply chain

What do you get?

  • Detailed analysis of the wind power sector globally 
  • A thorough assessment of wind power technology developments across the supply chain to 2024

Who should buy this report?

  • Wind turbine manufacturers 
  • Components and equipment providers 
  • Wind maintenance and service companies 
  • Utilities and wind developers seeking opportunities 
  • Financial institutions assessing risk and opportunities 
  • Consultancies specialising in wind industry 
  • Renewables policy makers-national or regional

What’s included in the price?

  • A hard copy of the report 
  • PDF Version 
  • Global intranet licence, allowing data to be distributed throughout your organisation

How will this intelligence benefit you

  • Stay ahead of the competition by getting the latest industry figures and analysis 
  • Pinpoint growth and identify factors driving change 
  • Plan for the future with confidence


The most topical technology question facing the wind power industry is how much bigger will turbines become. Generally, bigger power rating tends to be accompanied by larger rotors, which in turn calls for stronger gears and bearings, larger foundations and so on.

This report addresses these questions and more, going through the technological challenges facing the industry and giving an insightful perspective on the most likely ways forward.

There continues to be a tension between the established industry model of developing turbines gradually, based on the evolutionary upscaling of existing products, and a desire for disruptive, revolutionary developments based on concept changes. This will be explored in some detail, including in our Appendix, which samples the views of wind technology professionals at leading companies across the supply chain.

Geared versus direct drive power conversion is another hot topic for debate. This report presents the technology arguments for and against each type, but also gives an overview of market forces and industry opinions. The role of rare earth metals and copper prices in the fortunes of permanent magnet generators is also addressed


This report is based on the Windpower Intelligence (WPI) database of global projects, which tracks the stages of development at more than 10,000 announced wind farms (>5MW) in 115 countries. It also feeds on independent research carried out by a global team of experts. For the purposes of this report, we only took account of projects that are currently ‘in progress’, meaning that they are not yet in operation, nor have they been put on hold or cancelled.

The proprietary WPI Tracker database of 19,000 projects >10Mw was used to produce a bottom-up forecast of future market trends

Our forecast of future installed wind capacity is drawn from the WPI Global Forecast. This is a monthly forecast report that provides up-to-date country forecasts based on ongoing research alongside collection and verification of pipeline data.

As well as producing forecasts of installed capacity, this report also attempts to estimate market values for turbine components and market shares for suppliers and developers. We estimate the overall cost of turbines in China to be markedly lower than elsewhere.

Wind farm developers’ market shares are calculated based on the information contained in the WPI Tracker.

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