A study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance revealed that the U.S. General Electric became the first wind turbine manufacturer in the world in 2012, tied with Vestas European title holder since 2000!

Last year, the two energy giants each had 11.8% market share in the wind, with a significant jump in GE due primarily to the activity of the booming sector in the United States. “For GE, over 96% of orders were on the U.S. market in 2012.”

This announcement confirms another study (BTM Consult / crew) published in February in which we learned that the U.S. ahead of the Danish group with an installed capacity of 6.2 gigawatts to 5.2 gigawatts against Vestas capacity.

Also according to the classification of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Siemens (11% market share) and Enercon (7.2%) German are respectively the third and fourth places. The Indian Suzlon / REpower took fifth place while following the Spanish Gamesa and four Chinese groups.

GE (U.S.) – 11.8%
Vestas (Denmark) – 11.8%
Siemens (Denmark) – 11.0%
Enercon (Germany) – 7.2%
Suzlon / REpower (India) – 6.6%
Gamesa (Spain) – 6.4%
Goldwind (China) – 6.0%
Guodian United Power (China) – 3.5%
Sinovel (China) – 2.7%
Sewind (China) – 2.3%

We also learn in this study that among the 20 largest operators of wind farms in the world, there are nine Europeans, eight Chinese and three Americans.

For the first time, a Chinese company (China Guodian Corporation) ahead of a European (Iberdrola), with respective market shares of 4.9% and 4.8%. From the 3rd place, the U.S. appear NextEra Energy (3.7%), Chinese China Huaneng Group (2.8%) and China Datang Corporation (2.6%). Note that the French EDF and GDF point respectively to 10 (1.5%) and 14 (1.3%) instead.

China Guodian Corporation (China) – 4.9%
Iberdrola (Spain) – 4.8%
NextEra Energy (U.S.) – 3.7%
China Huaneng Group (China) – 2.8%
China Datang Corporation (China) – 2.6%
EDP (Portugal) – 2.3%
Acciona (Spain) – 1.9%
E.ON (Germany) – 1.7%
Enel (Italy) – 1.6%
EDF (France) – 1.5%
China Huadian Corporation (China) – 1.5%
Shenhua Group (China) – 1.5%
Berkshire Hathaway (U.S.) – 1.3%
GDF Suez (France) – 1.3%
Guangdong Nuclear Power (China) – 1.2%

“2012 was a great year for Western manufacturers in terms of adding new capacity, especially for those who had a high profile in the U.S. market,” said Justin Wu, head of wind energy analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance . “Unfortunately, this growth has been largely fueled by the timeout grants, not sustainable growth. As such, the year 2013 will be very different,” he has said.

“The center of gravity in the global clean energy is spent in the United States and Europe to China,” the report also concluded.

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