Small Wind Power

Demand Drivers, Market Barriers, Technology Issues,
Competitive Landscape, and Global Market Forecasts

Even though the market for modern small wind turbines (SWTs) has existed for 30 years, there are many signs the SWT industry is maturing, including the expanded role of SWT certification, hundreds of manufacturers located around the world, expanding dealer networks, and a growing number of national and regional industry associations. There are also a growing number of applications across telecommunications, defense, and other remote locations being enabled by the growing interest and investment in microgrids and hybrid systems that integrate small wind with solar PV and diesel generators, among other renewable distributed energy generation technologies.

The overall market for SWTs is growing as a result of feed-in tariff (FIT) policies in the United Kingdom and Italy. While there are a few bright spots in the United States market, in general, manufacturers in the U.S. are trying to regain their momentum after rebates and other key incentive programs in leading states have stalled, decreased, or expired in the past 3 years. Navigant Research forecasts that global installations of SWTs will grow from an estimated 85.8 MW in 2012 to 172 MW in 2018, representing $3.3 billion in revenues.

This Navigant Research report examines the global market for small wind power, focusing on manufacturers of small wind turbines. Market drivers and barriers, technology issues, and the competitive landscape are explored in detail, and worldwide forecasts for both revenue and capacity for small wind systems, segmented by region, extend through 2018.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Which countries will lead in small wind development over the next 6 years – and why?
  • What is the current status and outlook for small wind power financial incentives?
  • What is the average installation cost for small wind turbines today and in the future?
  • How does small wind power compare against other renewable distributed energy generation technologies?
  • What size turbines are being deployed in the key markets?
  • How much revenue will be generated from installation of small wind turbines globally between 2012 and 2018?
  • How much small wind turbine capacity will be installed globally between 2012 and 2018?
  • Who are the small wind power market leaders and where are they working?
Who needs this report?
  • Small wind turbine and component manufacturers
  • Small wind and other renewable energy vendors and distributors
  • Economic development agencies
  • Government agencies and regulators
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Market Overview

1.2   Solar Photovoltaic Markets – Opportunity and Challenge for SWT Deployment

1.3   SWT Forecast

2. Market Issues

2.1   Small Wind and the Distributed Generation Market

2.2   Defining Small Wind Systems

2.3   Small Wind Systems Market Overview and Key Trends

2.3.1     Investment Lagging, Several U.S. Companies Face Challenges

2.3.2     United Kingdom Pulls Farther Ahead of the U.S. Market

2.3.3     Technical Standards Play an Important Role in Providing Stability, Restoring Credibility

2.4   Industry Growth Drivers

2.4.1     Feed-In Tariffs

2.4.2     U.S. Treasury 1603 Cash Grant Program

2.5   Implementation Issues

2.5.1     Grid Interconnection

2.5.1.1     Competitive Landscape

3. Technology Issues

3.1   Basic Principles

3.1.1     Types

3.1.1.1     Horizontal Axis

3.1.1.2     Vertical Axis

3.1.2     Cost

3.1.3     Efficiency

3.1.4     Reliability

3.1.5     Scalability

3.1.6     Availability

3.2   Small Wind Applications

3.2.1     Residential

3.2.2     Commercial/Retail

3.2.3     Government and Institutions

3.2.4     Farms

3.2.5     Telecom Primary and Backup Power

3.2.6     Marine, Remote Monitoring, and Security

4. Market Forecasts

4.1   Small Wind Systems

4.1.1     Europe

4.1.2     North America

4.1.3     Asia Pacific

4.1.4     Rest of World

5. Company Directory
6. Acronym and Abbreviation List
7. Table of Contents
8. Table of Charts and Figures
9. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Annual Small Wind Systems Installed Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2013-2018
  • Annual Small Wind Systems Installed Capacity and Revenue by Region, Select Markets: 2011-2012E
  • Small Wind Systems Sales Capacity by Power Class, United Kingdom: 2005-2012E
  • Small Wind Systems Unit Sales by Power Class, United Kingdom: 2005-2012E
  • Feed-In Tariff Rate Schedule, United Kingdom: 2012-2015
  • U.S. Treasury 1603 Cash Grant Funds Awarded for Small Wind Installations, Top 10 States: 2012
  • U.S. Treasury 1603 Cash Grant Funds Awarded for Small Wind Installations, Top 10 States: 2011
  • Average Installed Costs for Small Wind Systems by Size, United Kingdom: 2012
  • Annual Small Wind Systems Installed Capacity by Region, Select Markets: 2012E-2017
  • Annual Small Wind Systems Installed Capacity by Country, Asia Pacific: 2012E-2018
  • Average Small Wind Turbine Installed Price, World Markets: 2009-2017
  • Common Applications of Small Wind Systems
  • Typical Cost Breakdown for Rural and Urban SWT Installations

List of Tables

  • Distributed Energy Generation Technology Comparison: 2012
  • Price Summary for Small Wind Feed-in Tariffs, World Markets: 2012
  • Top Wind Turbine Manufacturers by Number of Turbines Sold, World Markets: 2009
  • Small Wind Systems Average Installed Price and Annual Revenues, World Markets: 2011-2018
  • Annual Small Wind System Installed Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2011-2018
  • Annual Small Wind System Revenue by Region, Select Countries: 2011-2018
  • Annual Small Wind System Installed Capacity by Region, Select Regions: 2011-2018
  • Small Wind System Sales Capacity by Power Class, United Kingdom: 2005-2012E
  • Small Wind System Unit Sales by Power Class, United Kingdom: 2005-2012
  • Average Installed Costs for Small Wind Systems by Size, United Kingdom: 2012
  • U.S. Treasury 1603 Cash Grant Funds Awarded for Small Wind Installations by State: 2012
  • U.S. Treasury 1603 Cash Grant Funds Awarded for Small Wind Installations by State: 2011
  • Top Small Wind Turbine Manufacturers, World Markets: 2009
  • Feed-In Tariff Rate Schedule, United Kingdom: 2012-2015
  • Small Wind Certification Council Certified Turbines
  • Small Wind Certification Council Certified Turbines
  • Microgeneration Certification Scheme Certified Small Wind Turbines

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