Danish manufacturer Vestas continues to rank as the world’s largest supplier of wind turbines, according to the latest data from the Global Wind Energy Council, with Siemens Gamesa still the largest supplier of offshore turbines
According to GWEC, in 2020 Vestas held the leading position among manufacturers, thanks to its geographic diversification, with new installations in 32 markets last year, alongside strong performance in the US, Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, France, Poland, Russia and Norway.
GE Renewable Energy moved up two positions to second place, mainly due to what GWEC described as the “explosive growth” in its home market of the US and its strong position in Spain in 2020.
Despite disruption caused by Covid-19 to local supply chains and project execution in the US, the American manufacturer reported more than 10 GW of installations at home last year, making it the number one supplier in the US the second year in a row.
Although Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy had installations in 31 markets last year, the manufacturer fell three positions to fifth place. The company reported 8.7 GW of new installations in 2020, 1.2 GW lower than the previous year, primarily due to a relatively slow year of offshore wind in Europe. Nevertheless, Siemens Gamesa retains its title as the world’s largest offshore wind turbine supplier in 2020.
Chinese supplier Goldwind retained third position in 2020, although it achieved a record year in its home market with more than 12 GW of installations and its new installations in overseas markets passed the 1 GW milestone for the first time. Goldwind held the top spot in China last year, but the supplier lost market share at home due to strong competition from tier-two local suppliers.
China’s Envision ranked fourth in 2020, moving up from the fifth position in 2019, taking advantage of strong market growth in its home market, where more than 10 GW was installed by the company in a single year, a record for the company.
“Our preliminary findings from the supply side confirm that 2020 was an incredible year for the wind industry. Chinese and American turbine manufacturers had a record of new installations that saw most of them moving up in global turbine OEM market rankings,” said GWEC head of strategy and market intelligence Feng Zhao.
“This makes sense as it reflects the situation that the world’s two largest markets, China and the US, had the lion’s share in global wind installation in 2020.”
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