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 ten years.
Published: June, 2014
Pages: 116 | Tables: 3 | Figures: 36
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- How technology developments will affect the market globally
- Which technologies will have the greatest
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
Windpower Intelligence combines exhaustive primary and secondary research programmes to provide an authoritative view of the market and its drivers
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