A year with no exhibitions or face-to-face conferences; widespread disruptions to supply chains and transport logistics; empty offices and shut-down factories.… But wind power has ridden through the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic surprisingly well on the global scale, with installations largely keeping pace with last year’s rate (see map). A second wave now looms, and it is becoming clear that there will be no quick return to "normal" life. The consequences — on technological development, installation procedures, and operations and maintenance (O&M) regimes — remain unclear, although the biggest concern is the impact that a second surge is likely to have on future investment.
The economic case for wind power is strong, but government support will be vital to keep the sector growing over the next decade.
Click on the links below to see how some of the major wind markets are doing