Top five wind turbine manufacturers of 2017
FTI Intelligence, a branch of FTI Consulting, has released its report, Global Wind Market Update – Demand & Supply 2017, featuring the top five wind turbine manufacturers in the world. The company has ranked each manufacturer based on aspects such as installation and diversification.
Vestas - Vestas has been awarded the top title for a second year in a row. Recently, the Danish company introduced the world’s most powerful turbine through its subsidiary, MHI Vestas – the V164-9.5 MW. The subsidiary also signed a contract to use America’s largest turbine rig.
Siemens Gamesa - The Spanish firm has moved up two spots in the ranking following a successful year, with Siemens and Gamesa respectively placing fourth and sixth. The company’s Hull factory was visited by the Queen of England in 2017, and the firm is currently working on the largest offshore wind farm in the world, located in Dogger Bank.
Goldwind - Goldwind are a Chinese turbine manufacturer located in Beijing. The firm has maintained in spot in third place for the second year in a row. The company runs a successful subsidiary in the US, titled Goldwind Americas, and headquartered in Chicago. The company’s shares in China feel by 15% last year.
GE - The American company, General Electric, has fallen from second position to fourth, following Vestas dominating supplies in its home market.
Enercon - German-based Enercon holds its fifth rank as it benefited the success of its nation’s strong domestic market, as it installed 6.5GW of new capacity which accounted for 42% of the EU’s installed wind in 2017.
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.