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Market for Small Wind Turbines in the UK

  • ID: 2063741
  • Report
  • February 2012
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • 125 Pages
  • Taiyou Research
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Bergey Windpower
  • Bornay Wind Turbines
  • Entegrity Wind Systems
  • Eoltec
  • Fortis Windenergy
  • Northern Power Systems
  • MORE
The small wind turbines market in the UK is developing at a fast pace. With the implementation of the Feed-in-Tariff policy by the UK government in April 2010, the market has jumped by over 60% in the last one year. With the provision of further incentives, the UK small wind turbine market is expected to grow at a fast rate in the coming years. By 2020, it is expected that the UK small wind market will reach over 800 MW.

The small wind power market in the UK has had to face many challenges in the last couple of years, but due to the introduction of FITs by the government, the market is taking off rapidly. With the UK small wind turbine being one of the largest markets in the world, it is expected that the UK market will account for a large share of the global small wind turbine market by the year 2020.

For years, small wind turbines have been used to generate power to charge batteries. Technical developments have increased the efficiencies of these turbines, which are now being used to power homes and businesses. Further, government support and awareness for renewable energy, is likely to help the market for small wind turbines grow rapidly.

Due to the advanced technology, the wind turbine blades have become lighter, smaller, and also more efficient. Similarly, the rotor speeds have been slowed down to decrease noise, and vibration isolators have been introduced. Self-protecting technologies that help the wind turbine protect itself in cases of high wind speeds and active pitch controls to capture energy at these high speeds have also been introduced, further boosting the growth of the small wind turbine market worldwide.

In this industry scenario Taiyou Research analyzes the Market for Small Wind Turbines in the UK. The report covers the following:

- An introduction to wind power detailing the definition of wind, history of wind power, the technical concept behind wind power, pros and cons of wind power, as well as the concept of how a wind turbine works. Role of wind power in the environment is also discussed.

- We analyze why wind power should be the energy of choice in today's world, looking at the various benefits of wind power and how power is generated from wind.

- An analysis of wind power technology includes a discussion about the physical factors affecting market development, the various types of turbines available, power output of a turbine, cost of a wind turbine, turbine size and it matters, efficiency factors, lifetime of a turbine, and many other factors are analyzed.

- Moving on to the analysis of the market for small wind turbines, we begin the analysis with a technical definition of what small wind turbines are. History of small wind turbines, their uses and classification, applications of small wind turbines, and the differences between small wind turbines and large wind turbines are included in this introductory section.

- An analysis of small wind turbine technology includes an overview of the technology used for small wind turbines, a look at hybrid systems and standalone systems. Grid connected systems are also analyzed, along with wind-diesel systems. Basic small wind turbine system components such as rotor, turbine tower, generator, gearbox, and others are analyzed.

- Moving on to the analysis of the small wind turbines market in the UK, we profile the industry in an in-depth manner including the regulations impacting the wind power sector; we include an analysis of the power generated from small wind turbines; the installed capacity of small wind turbines, market revenues as well as the price of small wind turbines in the UK.

- The major players in the global market for small wind turbines are analyzed through a market share profile, and then an analysis of each player. We include an in-depth analysis of the major players in the industry such as Southwest Windpower, Northern Power Systems, Bergey Windpower, Bornay Wind Turbines, Vestas, Sinovel, and many others.

An appendix and glossary of terms along with a description of the research methodology used in this research report completes this in-depth profile of the Market for Small Wind Turbines in the UK.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Bergey Windpower
  • Bornay Wind Turbines
  • Entegrity Wind Systems
  • Eoltec
  • Fortis Windenergy
  • Northern Power Systems
  • MORE
1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction to Wind Power
2.1 Overview
2.2 Definition of Wind
2.3 History of Wind Power
2.4 Technical Idea behind Wind Power
2.5 Advantages & Disadvantages of Wind Power
2.6 How the Wind Turbine Works?
2.7 Variable Wind Output
2.8 Wind Power & the Environment

3. Why Choose Wind Power?
3.1 Overview
3.2 Benefits of Wind Power
3.3 Power Generation from Wind

4. Wind Power Technology
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Physical Factors Affecting Market Development
4.3 Types of Turbines
4.4 Airborne Wind Turbine
4.5 Wind Turbine’s Power Output
4.6 Cost of a Wind Turbine
4.7 Turbine Size
4.8 Efficiency Factors
4.9 Offshore Wind Turbines
4.10 Lifetime of a Turbine
4.11 History of Wind Turbines: Brief Profile
4.11.1 Technological Challenges
4.11.2 Aerodynamic Stall
4.11.3 Fatigue Cycles
4.11.4 Commercialization of Wind Power

5. Introduction to Small Wind Turbines
5.1 Definition of Small Wind Turbines
5.2 History of Small Wind Turbines
5.3 Uses of SWTs and their Classification
5.4 Applications of Small Wind Turbines
5.5 Differences between Small Wind Turbines and Large Wind Turbines

6. Analysis of Small Wind Turbine Technology
6.1 Overview
6.2 Hybrid Systems
6.3 Stand Alone and Grid Connected Systems
6.4 Wind-Diesel Systems
6.5 Basic Small Wind System Components
6.5.1 Rotor
6.5.2 Turbine Tower
6.5.3 Generator
6.5.4 Gearbox
6.5.5 Nacelle
6.5.6 Yaw System
6.5.7 Control and Protection Systems
6.5.8 Batteries
6.5.9 Monitoring System

7. Market for Small Wind Turbines in the UK
Market Profile
Small Wind Turbine Installed Capacity in the UK
Power Generation from Small Wind Turbines in the UK
Market Analysis by Turbine Range

8. Regulatory Framework

9. Cost Analysis of Small Wind Turbines in the UK
9.1 Market Revenues
9.2 Price of Small Wind Turbines in the UK

10. Analysis of Major Players
10.1 Southwest Windpower
10.2 Northern Power Systems
10.3 Entegrity Wind Systems
10.4 Bergey Windpower
10.5 Proven Energy
10.6 Bornay Wind Turbines
10.7 Eoltec
10.8 Fortis Windenergy
10.9 Superwind
10.10 Sinovel Wind Group
10.11 Vestas Wind Systems

11. Appendix

12. Glossary

13. Research Methodology

List of Figures

Figure 1: Power Curve for Wind Turbine
Figure 2: Energy Produced at Various Wind Speeds at Typical Wind Farm Site
Figure 3: Energy Produced at Various Wind Speeds at Typical Site
Figure 4: Capacity Factor in Percentage of Rated Power
Figure 5: Aerodynamics of Wind Power
Figure 6: Components in a Simplified Wind Turbine
Figure 7: Airborne Wind Generator
Figure 8: Main Components of a Wind Turbine and their Share of the Overall Turbine Cost for a 5 MW Wind Turbine
Figure 9: Turbine Diameter Growth with Time
Figure 10: Growth in Size of Commercial Wind Turbine Designs
Figure 11: Development of the Average Wind Turbine Size Sold in Different Countries (in KW)
Figure 12: Increase in Turbine Prices from 2007 to 2009
Figure 13: Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT)
Figure 14: Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT)
Figure 15: Hybrid Electric Systems and Wind Technology
Figure 16: Stand Alone (Off-grid) Small Wind System
Figure 17: Grid Connected Small Wind System
Figure 18: Small Wind Turbine System Components
Figure 19: Installed Capacity of Small Wind Turbines in the UK (MW) 2006-2020
Figure 20: Power Generation from Small Wind Turbines in the UK (GWh) 2006-2020
Figure 21: Output of Small Wind Turbines in the UK by Turbine Range (MW), 2010
Figure 22: Market Revenues of the UK Small Wind Turbine Market (USD Million) 2006-2020
Figure 23: Average Price of Small Wind Turbines in the UK (USD/Watt) 2006-2020
Figure 24: Overall Wind Farm Costs
Figure 25: Global Turbine Installations and Forecast
Figure 26: Typical Power Curve of a Wind Turbine
Figure 27: Workings of a Wind Turbine
Figure 28: Major Components of a Wind Turbine
Figure 29: Wind Turbine Major Subcomponents
Figure 30: Annual Wind Turbine Installations
Figure 31: Market Share of Large Turbine Manufacturers, 2010
Figure 32: Production Process of Wind Turbines

List of Tables

Table 1: Four Optional Installation Systems for Offshore Wind Power
Table 2: Classification of Small Wind Turbines
Table 3: Applications for Small Wind Turbines
Table 4: Major Features of Small Wind Turbines
Table 5: Installed Capacity of Small Wind Turbines in the UK (MW) 2006-2020
Table 6: Power Generation from Small Wind Turbines in the UK (GWh) 2006-2020
Table 7: Output of Small Wind Turbines in the UK by Turbine Range (MW), 2010
Table 8: Feed-in-Tariffs for Wind Turbines in the UK
Table 9: Banding of Renewable Energy Resources Under RO Order 2009
Table 10: Market Revenues of the UK Small Wind Turbine Market (USD Million) 2006-2020
Table 11: Average Price of Small Wind Turbines in the UK (USD/Watt) 2006-2020
Table 12: Percentage of Materials Used in Current Wind Turbine Component
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- Southwest Windpower
- Northern Power Systems
- Entegrity Wind Systems
- Bergey Windpower
- Proven Energy
- Bornay Wind Turbines
- Eoltec
- Fortis Windenergy
- Superwind
- Sinovel Wind Group
- Vestas Wind Systems
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