GlobalData: Onshore and offshore installations of wind turbine towers to grow by 0.8% and 23.9% to 2023

Source: press release, 24 September 2019

Aggregate wind turbine towers market volume by regions, 2019-2023 (source: GlobalData, Power Intelligence Center)
Aggregate wind turbine towers market volume by regions, 2019-2023 (source: GlobalData, Power Intelligence Center)

The wind turbine towers market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.9% between 2019 and 2023. Favourable government policies and growing environmental concerns are underscoring the growth in the wind power market, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

During the forecast period the onshore market will account for a large number of installations, despite its relatively small growth of 0.8%. The offshore market is expected to witness significant growth of 23.9%, largely supported by installations in China, Germany, and the UK.

Regionally, Asia-Pacific (APAC) will continue to lead the overall market, installing 157.61 gigawatts (GW) of wind turbine towers, followed by Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Americas with 88.41 GW and 66.36 GW, respectively.

The company’s latest report, “Wind Turbine Towers Market 2019 – Global Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Key Country Analysis to 2023”, reveals that the governments are prioritising low carbon and renewable energy sources to address challenges impacting the power sector. The adoption of clean energy technologies such as wind is aimed at improving energy security, self-sufficiency, and to sustain the growing demand for power, while addressing climate change issues.

Nirushan Rajasekaram, Power Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “There are variations in the deployment of wind technology by region. APAC will continue to report large scale onshore installation in contrast to EMEA, which will witness relatively high offshore installations. Over the forecast period, aggregate onshore installations in APAC are estimated to be 146.87 GW.

“Large scale deployment in China and India, as the respective governments push to integrate more renewables in their power mix along with expected installations in other countries of Australia, Japan, and South Korea are seen as the primary contributors to the large regional market. The EMEA market is likely to account for 25.1% of the aggregate onshore market and will witness the highest growth of 4.8% over the forecast period, driven by France, Germany, and Spain.”

By 2023, it is estimated that offshore installations will account for 32% of the annual market in EMEA, whereas the Americas and APAC are likely to see approximately 10% installations each. EMEA will be at the forefront of the offshore market, with aggregate installations estimated to reach 17.6GW over the forecast period. The regional market is heavily influenced by market trends in Germany and the UK, which are some of the largest offshore wind markets and is estimated to hold approximately 49% of the regional market by 2023. Other countries such as Denmark, Netherlands, and France are also driving the momentum in the market.

Rajasekaram concludes, “Although there is strong activity in the development of the wind power market, several market uncertainties persist. Some impediments to growth include a lack of robust regulations in secondary markets, political risks, underdeveloped grid infrastructure, and skilled workforce shortage. However, the continued investment of resources and government endorsement will help alleviate most challenges and continue driving the wind power market.”