Wind Power Technology Forecast To 2020
Authors: Eize de Vries
Published: June, 2014
Pages: 106 | Tables: 3 | Figures: 34

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.

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  • 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


Part I of this report considers research and development and the main trends over the next ten years (Chapter 1), and then gives some background on the methodology used to create the report (Chapter 2).Part II compares technology today with that which is likely by 2020. Part III takes network integration development trends as its theme.

Part IV focuses on offshore wind power, examining the main differences between onshore and offshore applications, and considers the key operational and upkeep challenges posed by the marine environment. Dedicated offshore turbine development trends are examined, and then we look at some facts and perceptions about the causes of main turbine failure, as well as the availability of factors that facilitate better, more cost-effective, long-term upkeep strategies.

Finally, we examine trends in network integration and development, including long-distance power transport with high voltage direct current, interconnection issues, and the various European supergrid initiatives. Finally, we consider the future prospects for integral hybrid solutions when applied to, for example, sea cable capacity and the optimisation of grid use.

Appendix A lists units, abbreviations and definitions used in the report, for ease of reference.

Appendix B reproduces a questionnaire of leading wind power industry experts.

Appendix C discusses the challenges posed by the widespread use of rare earth elements.


The data presented in this report have been obtained by the following means:
• information on the latest technology projects and product developments obtained directly from the companies/organisations concerned during visits/other communication with key business leaders and players
• participating in international wind power fairs and conferences
• monitoring of the literature
• internet research

The forecasts given combine an in-depth understanding of historic developments with detailed intelligence and analysis of current and potential wind technology and wind market trends. The forecasts have been reinforced by the responses to a questionnaire sent to a panel of leading experts in the wind power industry and allied scientific institutions.

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