"These figures highlight the growing significance of exports for German turbine manufacturers," says Knud Rehfeldt of the German Wind Energy Institute DEWI, which compiled the figures. Exported turbines are markedly smaller than those installed in Germany, with an average size of 317 kW compared with 531 kW.
Enercon led the export field last year, accounting for 28% of the total capacity. It was followed by Nordex Balcke-Dürr with 27%, Tacke Windtechnik with 11.1% and AN Maschinenbau with 10%. The remaining nearly 24% was accounted for by Husumer-Schiffswerft, Südwind, Vestas, Micon Deutschland, Jacobs Energie and Hanseatische AG. Exports went to 16 countries, the most important being India followed closely by China.