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The sheer size and special requirements of China's domestic market are accelerating wind-energy technology in the country at an increasingly impressive rate, reports Eize de Vries in his presentation of the selection for the best onshore and offshore turbines, drivetrains, rotor blades and innovations for the 2019 Windpower Monthly products of the year awards.
Still a high-volume sector, but one that western OEMs are eschewing in favour of higher-rated machines and the offshore sector, leaving China's turbine makers to dominate.
All the leading OEMs launched new products or enhanced existing machinery in the fast-growing supersize sector that is taking wind into zero-subsidy territory.
The sector moves into the double-digit MW zone for the first time.
Ever longer and generally lighter units mark the top contenders in a hotly contested class.
Focus shifts to medium-speed geared and direct-drive solutions.
Installation solutions for onshore and offshore applications lead the way.
The need for more energy storage is a given as the UK aims for net-zero emissions by 2050, but more clarity is needed on future applications and revenue streams to attract investors, delegates at a recent conference in London were told.
ReaD the issue
GWEC's Ben Backwell is calling on the world to declare a climate emergency, take fossil fuels off the grid and push renewables installations as he talks to Windpower Monthly.
Developers are urging Argentina's authorities to give them more time to build renewable energy projects as the return of the Peronist movement to government sends shivers through financial markets.
Floating offshore wind enjoyed much more visibility and a larger slice of the action than it usually does at WindEurope's Offshore 2019 exhibition and conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Developers should exploit multiple revenue streams as offshore wind increasingly participates in a merchant environment, panellists and industry experts agreed at WindEurope Offshore 2019 in Copenhagen.
Denmark Danish wind nearly subsidy free
The prominence of Chinese machinery in our selection of the year's best new wind-energy hardware cannot be ignored. It is partly a result of the country's leading OEMs finally being prepared to share more details of their product developments.
Ørsted launches climate podcast; UK generation record; plus industry confidence figures and facts.