This is according to a new report from Navigant Research, which tracks all publicly announced wind turbine orders between July and December 2016.
Navigant’s research shows a continued increase in global wind turbine deals during the second half of 2016. From July to December, orders were collected from projects in 24 countries and from 11 vendors, totaling nearly 15,000 MW of capacity.
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,” says 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.”
Vestas is trailed by Gamesa with just over 2,000 MW of orders announced, according to the report. Regionally, Asia Pacific leads, owing an 1,800 MW increase in capacity over the previous six months to strong showings in India and Australia. North America follows, with Europe close behind.