Wind Turbine Blade Technology & Supply Chain Assessment

Blade Manufacturing Capacity by Turbine OEM and Independent Manufacturer, Blade Deployment and Revenue Forecasts, Key Manufacturing Trends, and Turbine OEM Sourcing Strategies

Stakeholders in the global wind turbine market are committing a greater amount of R&D and investments to wind blades today than to any other component in wind turbines. Wind turbine OEMs are designing blades and drawing from advanced materials offerings from the major chemicals, polymers, composites, and stitched fabrics materials companies. The materials companies are competing to bring higher modulus and strength solutions to market to satisfy clients that are seeking longer and stiffer blades while controlling cost and supply chain flexibility. This strength-to-weight value proposition is important in the wind turbine business, where incremental blade size increases result in significantly more energy capture.

Growth rates in the wind blade market from 2016 to 2025 are limited, however. While this is a mature market that has experienced high growth in the past, wind power has largely peaked and leveled out across the globe. Most European markets, for example, will exhibit stable but low or no growth in annual wind installations in coming years. The two largest markets, China and the United States, will see substantial development over the next few years, but growth will decelerate between 2019 and 2021 as targets and policies are met. Higher growth country markets include South Africa and numerous countries in Latin America. According to Navigant Research, global wind blade revenue is expected to reach between $6.6 billion and $7.7 billion annually from 2016 to 2025.

This Navigant Research report assesses the global wind blade market, with a focus on 22 wind turbine OEMs and 18 independent blade manufacturers. The study examines how the major global wind turbine OEMs manufacture and/or source their blades and their supplier relationships. Global market forecasts for manufacturing capacity, blade revenue, and wind blade installations extend through 2025. The report also examines the key technologies related to wind blades and provides profiles of leading wind turbine OEMs and independent blade manufacturers.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What is the current supply versus demand situation with wind turbine blades?
  • How do the majority of major wind turbine OEMs manufacture or source their wind blades?
  • Who are the major independent wind blade manufacturers?
  • What types of materials do wind blades use?
  • What is changing with respect to blade materials and manufacturing processes?
  • What are some new technology trends related to wind blade design?
  • What are the varying costs per blade across different country markets?
  • How many individual blades are expected to be installed across all global country markets?
Who needs this report?
  • Wind turbine manufacturers
  • Wind blade materials suppliers
  • Industrial hardware and automation equipment manufacturers
  • Wind blade mold and tooling manufacturers
  • Wind turbine component suppliers
  • Government agencies, policymakers, and researchers
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1  Market Overview

1.2  Emerging Trends and Market Issues

1.3  Market Forecasts

2. Market Issues

2.1  Introduction

2.2  Wind Turbine OEM Blade Manufacturers

2.2.1  Self-Supply: Manufacturing Capacity of Fully Vertically Integrated Wind Turbine OEMs

2.2.2  Make & Buy: Manufacturing Capacity of In-House Wind Turbine OEM Blade Manufacturers

2.2.3  Outsourcing: Wind Turbine OEM Blade Outsourcing by Annual MW Capacity

2.3  Independent Blade Manufacturers

2.3.1  Build-to-Print

2.4 Manufacturing Capacity of Independent Blade Manufacturers

2.5 Wind Blade Manufacturing Capacity versus Global Demand

2.6  Wind Blade Cost Estimations

2.6.1  Wind Blade Pricing Data of Independent Wind Blade Manufacturers

2.6.2  Analysis of Pending GE Renewables Acquisition of LM Wind Power

2.7 Blade Sourcing and Blade Supplier Relationships of Top Wind Turbine OEMs

2.8 Independent Blade Manufacturers and Relationships with Top Wind Turbine OEMs

3. Technology Issues

3.1  Technology Introduction

3.2  Wind Blade Design

3.2.1  Structural Shell Blade Design

3.2.2  Structural Box Spar Design

3.3  Materials Used

3.3.1  Wind Blade Materials Cost Breakdown

3.3.2  Fiber Reinforcement

3.3.2.1  Carbon Fiber

3.3.3  Epoxy Resins

3.3.4  Polyester Resins

3.3.5  Core Materials

3.4  Blade Manufacturing Technologies

3.4.1  Vacuum Resin Infusion

3.4.2  Pre-Preg Manufacturing

3.4.3  Vacuum Resin Infusion versus Pre-Preg

3.5  Technology Trends and Challenges

3.5.1  Segmented Blades

3.5.1.1  Vortex Generators

3.5.2  Noise Reduction Enhancements

4. Key Industry Players

4.1   Wind Turbine OEM Profiles: Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.1  Enercon Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.2  Envision Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.3  Gamesa Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.4  GE Renewables Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.5  Goldwind Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.6  Ming Yang Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.7  Nordex Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.8  Senvion Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.9  Siemens Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.10  Suzlon Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.11  United Power Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.1.12  Vestas Blade Sourcing Strategies

4.2  Independent Blade Manufacturers

4.2.1  Aeris Energy

4.2.2  Carbon Rotec

4.2.3  Chongqing General Industry Group Co., Ltd.

4.2.4  EUROS

4.2.5  HT Blades (AVIC Huiteng)

4.2.6  LM Wind Power

4.2.7  MFG Wind

4.2.8  Shanghai Aeolon

4.2.9  Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Company

4.2.10  Sinoi (CNBM)

4.2.11  Sino-Wind Energy Group Ltd.

4.2.12  Tecsis

4.2.13  TPI Composites

4.2.14  Zhongfu Lianzhong

4.2.15  Zhuzhou Times New Material Technology Co.,Ltd.

4.2.16  Dawntine, Shanghai FRP, Longyang Sunrui

5. Market Forecasts

5.1 Wind Turbine Blades Deployed Forecast: 2016-2025

5.1.1  Forecast Assumptions

5.1.2  The Americas

5.1.3  Europe

5.1.4  Asia Pacific

5.1.5  Rest of World

5.1.6  World Markets

5.2  Wind Turbine Blade Revenue Forecast: 2016-2025

5.2.1  The Americas

5.2.2  Europe

5.2.3  Asia Pacific

5.2.4  Rest of World

5.2.5  World Markets

5.3  Conclusions

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

  • 100% Vertically Integrated Wind Turbine OEMs by Blade Manufacturing Capacity and Market Share, World Markets: 2016
  • In-House Wind Turbine OEMs Blade Manufacturing Capacity and Market Share, World Markets: 2016
  • Wind Turbine Blade Outsourcing by Turbine OEM, World Markets: 2016
  • Independent Blade Manufacturing Capacity and Market Share, Western vs. Asian Markets: 2016
  • Independent Blade Manufacturing Capacity and Market Share, World Markets: 2016
  • Wind Turbine OEM and Independent Blade Supply vs. Global Wind Demand, World Markets: 2016
  • Wind Blade Bill of Materials Cost Percentage, World Markets: 2016
  • Wind Turbine Blades Deployed by Country, the Americas: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blades Deployed by Country, Top 10 Countries, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blades Deployed by Country, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blades Deployed by Country, Rest of World: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blades Deployed by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blade Revenue by Country, the Americas: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blade Revenue by Country, Top 10 Countries, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blade Revenue by Country, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blade Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blade Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Structural Shell and Structural Box Spar
  • Cross-Section Diagram of Common Materials Locations in a Wind Blade
  • Carbon Fiber Bonded in Spar Cap Blade Section
  • Cross-Section Diagram of Enercon Two-Piece Segmented Blade, 141-Meter Rotor
  • Vortex Generators Mounted On a Blade During Wind Tunnel Testing
  • Small Serrated Blade Edge Design

List of Tables

  • Wind Turbine Blades Deployed by Country, the Americas: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blades Deployed by Country, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blades Deployed by Country, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blades Deployed by Country, Rest of World: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blades Deployed by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blade Revenue by Country, the Americas: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blade Revenue by Country, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blade Revenue by Country, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blade Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2016-2025
  • Wind Turbine Blade Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Wind Blade Pricing Estimations, Select Global Markets
  • Wind Blade Pricing and Units Produced, Top Three Independent Wind Blade Suppliers: 2014-2015
  • Wind Turbine OEM Blade Sourcing Relationships: 1H 2016
  • Wind Turbine OEM Blade Sourcing Relationships: 1H 2016

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