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Global Orders for Wind Turbines Continue to Increase

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By Editors of Power Engineering

Wind turbines totaling nearly 15,000 MW in capacity were ordered for wind projects worldwide in the second half of 2016, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

The orders came from projects in 24 countries and 11 vendors.

Vestas extended its lead from other wind manufacturers with more than 6,445 MW of capacity delivered, which was almost 3,000 MW more than the first half of the year.

“Wind farm developers are becoming more willing to explore regions of less than ideal wind resources and wind turbine manufacturers are using larger rotors and higher hub heights to maximize capacity factors in these regions,” said Adam Wilson, research analyst with Navigant Research. “Vestas is a good example of this—the company’s average turbine rating for orders received in the second half of 2016 decreased from 2.96 MW to 2.8 MW while average rotor diameter actually increased slightly to 114.5 meters from 112.7 meters.”

Gamesa came in second with just over 2,000 of orders. Asia Pacific lead among the regions with 1,800 MW of new capacity thanks to strong showings in India and Australia. North America and Europe were second and third, respectively. 

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