Market Data: Wind Blade Materials Demand Forecast

Fiber Reinforcement, Resins, Core Materials, Adhesives, Paint and
Coatings, and Studs: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

The wind blade materials market is one of the most competitive, dynamic, and strategically important parts of the wind turbine supply chain. The rapid pace of R&D for blades, manufacturing processes, and advanced materials is enabling stronger and longer blades, making wind turbines more efficient, increasing turbine annual energy production, and lowering the cost of energy from wind power plants. There is brisk competition among the many materials suppliers to meet or exceed the demands of the wind turbine OEMs and independent wind blade manufacturers.

The materials market for wind blades is enormous, with an estimated value of $4.57 billion in 2017 and over $37.34 billion in materials expected to be produced and purchased between 2017 and 2026. Yet, it is not considered a high growth market. Putting downward pressure on the 10-year forecast is the fact that both the United States and China are in a period of peak installation rates. These rates are driven by a combination of energy market demand and government incentive policies that encourage major near-term installation rates that subside in later forecast years. Country markets with higher growth include South Africa and numerous countries in Latin America.

This Navigant Research report assesses and quantifies global demand for key wind blade materials. The study focuses on revenue estimates for the following wind blade materials: reinforcement fiber (predominantly fiberglass, carbon fiber, and other advanced stitched and woven fabrics), resins (epoxy and polyester), core materials (balsa wood and a range of polymer foam materials), adhesives, paint and coatings, and metal blade studs. Global market forecasts for revenue, segmented by material, region, and country, extend through 2026. The report also examines wind blade cost breakdowns and bill of materials estimates.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What are the major trends associated with the key wind blade materials?
  • What are the estimated blade costs in different country markets?
  • What are the estimated costs per blade across different country markets?
  • How are prices and materials revenue expected to change between 2017 and 2026?
  • What is the breakdown of wind blade costs by materials, factory overhead, and labor?
  • What are the wind blade bill of materials revenue proportions by material?
  • How will Navigant Research’s forecast for wind turbine installations affect revenue expectations for blade materials?
Who needs this report?
  • Wind turbine blade 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   Introduction

1.2   Scope and Methodology Summary

1.3   Market Forecasts

2. Methodology and Data Assumptions

2.1   Summary of Methodology and Key Data Overview

2.2   Wind Blade Cost Breakdown by Materials, Labor, and Factory Overhead

2.3   Wind Blade Bill of Materials Estimates

3. Technology Issues

3.1   Materials Used in Wind Blades

3.1.1   Wind Blade Materials Cost Breakdown

3.2   Fiber Reinforcement

3.2.1   Carbon Fiber

3.2.2   Mixed Adoption of Carbon Fiber

3.3   Epoxy Resins

3.4   Polyester Resins

3.5   Core Materials

4. Market Forecasts

4.1   Wind Blade Materials Revenue Overview: 2017-2026

4.1.1   World Markets

4.1.2   Americas

4.1.3   Europe

4.1.4   Asia

4.1.5   Rest of World

4.2   Wind Blade Fiber Reinforcement Revenue: 2017-2026

4.2.1   World Markets

4.2.2   Americas

4.2.3   Europe

4.2.4   Asia

4.2.5   Rest of World

4.3   Wind Blade Resins Revenue: 2017-2026

4.3.1   World Markets

4.3.2   Americas

4.3.3   Europe

4.3.4   Asia

4.3.5   Rest of World

4.4   Wind Blade Core Materials Revenue: 2017-2026

4.4.1   World Markets

4.4.2   Americas

4.4.3   Europe

4.4.4   Asia

4.4.5   Rest of World

4.5   Wind Blade Adhesives Revenue: 2017-2026

4.5.1   World Markets

4.5.2   Americas

4.5.3   Europe

4.5.4   Asia

4.5.5   Rest of World

4.6   Wind Blade Paint and Coatings Revenue: 2017-2026

4.6.1   World Markets

4.6.2   Americas

4.6.3   Europe

4.6.4   Asia

4.6.5   Rest of World

4.7   Wind Blade Studs Revenue: 2017-2026

4.7.1   World Markets

4.7.2   Americas

4.7.3   Europe

4.7.4   Asia

4.7.5   Rest of World

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

List of Charts and Figures

  • Cross-Section Diagram of Common Materials Locations in a Wind Blade
  • Carbon Fiber Bonded in Spar Cap Blade Section
  • Wind Blade Cost Proportions by Segment, World Markets: 2017
  • Wind Blade Bill of Materials Revenue Proportions by Material, World Markets: 2017
  • Wind Blade Materials Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Materials Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Materials Revenue, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Materials Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Materials Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Fiber Reinforcement Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Fiber Reinforcement Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Fiber Reinforcement Revenue, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Fiber Reinforcement Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Fiber Reinforcement Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Resins Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Resins Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Resins Revenue, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Resins Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Resins Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Core Materials Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Core Materials Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Core Materials Revenue, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Core Materials Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Core Materials Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Adhesives Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Adhesives Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Adhesives Revenue, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Adhesives Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Adhesives Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Paint and Coatings Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Paint and Coatings Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Paint and Coatings Revenue, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Paint and Coatings Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Paint and Coatings Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Studs Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Studs Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Studs Revenue, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Studs Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Studs Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026

List of Tables

  • Wind Turbine Blade Materials Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Turbine Blade Materials Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Turbine Blade Materials Revenue by Country, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Turbine Blade Materials Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Turbine Blade Materials Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Fiber Reinforcement Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Fiber Reinforcement Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Fiber Reinforcement Revenue by Country, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Fiber Reinforcement Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Fiber Reinforcement Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Resin Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Resin Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Resin Revenue by Country, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Resin Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Resin Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Core Materials Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Core Materials Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Core Materials Revenue by Country, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Core Materials Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Core Materials Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Adhesives Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Adhesives Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Adhesives Revenue by Country, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Adhesives Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Adhesives Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Paint and Coatings Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Paint and Coatings Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Paint and Coatings Revenue by Country, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Paint and Coatings Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Paint and Coatings Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Studs Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Studs Revenue by Country, Americas: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Studs Revenue by Country, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Studs Revenue by Country, Asia: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Studs Revenue by Country, Rest of World: 2017-2026
  • Wind Blade Pricing Estimations, Select Global Markets: 2017 and 2026

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