The Emerging Energy Research’s annual Wind Turbine Market Share Update found that in 2008 the established wind turbine manufacturers installed over 50 percent more wind turbines than the previous year. Newer wind turbine companies saw a growth of 100 percent.
The big established wind turbine companies include: Bestas, General Electric, Gamesa, Enercon, Suzlon and Siemens. This group of six companies accounted for 70 percent of all of last year’s installations.
So despite the 100 percent growth of the newer companies, of which there are approximately 15, like Sinovel, Dongfang and Clipper, they are still fighting for a much smaller piece of the wind turbine pie.
Globally, wind turbine manufacturers installed about 11 GW more worth of turbines in 2008 than in 2007 to a total of almost 30 GW which amounts to nearly double what was installed in 2006.