There's been a growing interest in clean, renewable sources of energy in recent years. In addition to solar, another popular form of alternative energy is wind. The following two reports take a closer look at the small wind turbines market as well as the large wind turbines market.
Wind turbines offer a clean, renewable source of energy that's become increasingly popular in recent years. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), 41 states in the United States, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico, have utility-scale wind turbines in operation. These turbines are capable of powering an estimated 25 million homes a year, all without releasing greenhouse gas emissions like that of traditional coal-burning power plants.
The Global Small Wind Turbines Industry Market Research report by The Market Reports is a comprehensive study of the global small wind turbines market.
Featuring 188 professionally written pages, it analyzes the market from all angles while revealing both current and future prospective scenarios. Small wind turbines live up to their namesake by featuring a small size and shape. More specifically, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) defines small wind turbines as ranging from less than 1 kW to 300 kW power output.
There are many different types of small wind turbines. In fact, some individuals have even made their own. With that said, however, the most popular small wind turbine in the United States is the horizontal-axis wind turbine. This model features a main root shaft and electrical generator mounted at the top. These components are then directed to face the wind, at which point it generates power from the wind spinning the turbines.
Rather than being used for large-scale utility power generation, small wind turbines are typically used for consumer applications like powering a boat, refrigerator or small electronic devices. They are typically designed with blades between 5 feet and 12 feet in diameter.
The AWEA further states that wind turbines added about 17.3 MW of power capacity to the United States in 2008. To put that number into perspective, that translates into a growth of about 78% in the domestic market.
The Global Large Wind Turbines Market Research 2017 report by The Market Reports is a second study of the global wind turbines market, though it focuses specifically on large turbines instead of small turbines. As the name suggests, large wind turbines are characterized by their large size. Because of their significantly larger size, they are capable of producing much more power than their small turbine counterparts. In fact, many utility companies use large wind turbines to supplement their power generation efforts.
Some of the large wind turbine vendors profiled in this report include Vestas, Siemens, Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica, Suzlon, Sinovel Wind, Enercon Gmbh, Ge, Entegrity Wind Systems, Yaskawa, Sinovel, Adwen, Gamesa, Nordex Acciona, United Power, Envision, Senvion, Coldwind, Ming Yang and others.