China is wind turbine rotor blade leader
China will remain the leading global consumer of wind turbine rotor blades over the coming years, with its market value expected to increase from almost $2 billion in 2012 to $3.7 billion by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2 percent, according to a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The company’s latest report states that China boasted the top wind rotor blade market in 2012, followed by the U.S. and India. China and the U.S. installed 23,261 and 20,182 rotor blades, respectively, and together contributed to more than 65 percent of global installations. India followed with 3,306 blades, contributing to 5 percent of the total.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the size of the market, China also proved to be a major manufacturing hub of wind turbine rotor blades. Working within what is currently the largest wind power market in the world, China’s manufacturers, supported by government subsidies and favorable policies, produce approximately 25 percent of the world’s rotor blades.
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“Increasing levels of wind power generation have given the wind turbine and component manufacturing industry a significant boost over the past years, and have caused it to spread geographically,” said Harshavardhan Reddy Nagatham, analyst for GlobalData. “We now expect the global wind power market to demonstrate further steady growth over the coming years, with annual turbine installations to increase from 48.3 GW in 2014 to 61.4 GW by 2020.
“While European nations such as Denmark, Germany and Spain have been pioneers in this industry, a major shift to the Asia-Pacific region has occurred, particularly in China, India and Vietnam. This can be attributed to the availability of low-cost labor in the region, as well as government support for the local turbine and component manufacturing industry.”
To stabilize the country’s increasing power demand and resulting carbon emissions, the Chinese government has set goals to generate 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources and reduce CO2 emissions by 40–45 percent by 2020.
“With these goals in mind, the government decided that wind power was the most viable energy source among all alternative sources, leading to the country’s ongoing dominance in the wind turbine rotor blade market,” Nagatham said.
This report provides insights into the global wind rotor blade market. It explains the key drivers and challenges impacting the market, along with data regarding historic and forecast growth of the market, average prices, market segmentation and competitive landscape, globally and in key wind power countries – Germany, Spain, the UK, the U.S., Canada, China and India.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.