Wind industry is on the move
The global wind energy sector is taking off.
Installed wind power worldwide raced past the threshold of 100,000 MW in the course of the year with an installed capacity estimated at 120,823.5 MW worldwide, according to a recently released report titled "The Wind Power Barometer".
"The world has never known an energy sector to develop so quickly," says the Euro Observer in the report.
E.U. at a glance
Although growth in the European Union market fell slightly in 2008 (- 1.8% at 8,447.1
MW), growth was spectacular in the United States (+ 59.4% at 8,358MW) and in China (+ 90.7% at 6,300 MW). According to estimates, the world wind energy market reached 27,019.1 MW in 2008 as compared to a market of approximately 20 GW in 2007. This additional capacity brings the total wind capacity installed worldwide to almost 121GW
Europe still represents the major part of the total installed capacity (54.6% in 2008) ahead of North America and Asia.
The market itself is equally distributed between North America (32.9%), Europe (32.7%) and Asia (31.8%). The other regions of the world only represent 2.6% of the world market.
The United States, considered the great pioneers in the wind energy sector at the start of the 1980s, together with Denmark, who remained the leaders in the world wind energy market in 2008.
According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the country installed 8,358 MW during 2008 (5,244 MWin 2007) bringing its capacity to 25,170 MW. This capacity corresponds to the power supply for almost 7 million American homes. But, the upward trend of the North-American market could be affected this year by the financial crisis, which may delay financing for a certain number of projects.
The Chinese market is extremely promising and could become the leading market for wind energy in the very near future. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), 6,300MW were installed in 2008 as compared to 3,304MW in 2007 and 1,347MW in 2006.
Market growth seems to have been somewhat slower in India (+ 14.3%, to 1,800 MW in 2008) but there is still enormous potential in this country. India already has a first class wind energy industry and is fully capable of joining the wind energy superpowers very shortly.
The European Union market shows a slight fall in growth according to initial estimates, mainly explained by a large drop in the Spanish market and a stagnant German market.
However, the EU market is now more diverse and still includes seven countries in the global top ten for installed capacity. It still represents 53.8% of the wind energy installed worldwide.
The currently favorable situation of the European players could soon be overturned, however, by a robust market entry of Chinese companies. China, which was absent from the rankings until recently, had two companies, Goldwind and Sinovel, in the top 10 wind turbine manufacturers.
China now counts a total of 18 manufacturers with projects at various stages of completion, and may rapidly become the leading world wind turbine manufacturer with a production capacity of 10,000 MW.
A PDF version of the report is available for free download at: http://www.eurobserv-er.org/downloads.asp
Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace
Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.
Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.
“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”
Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:
Distributed energy resource integration and control
Electric vehicle charging
Demand response and smart-home management
Intelligent asset management
Advanced distribution system management
The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.
Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.
“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”
There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes.
Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed
Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan.
The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.
Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid.
Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".