Electricity generation through wind energy is a stunning invention like no other. The brilliant minds and diligent hands of the great men behind the wind turbines made this possible. In this new era, the advent of wind turbine technology propel to a much higher level as manufacturers from different parts of the globe aspired themselves to make history, each putting a milestone in the wind turbine industry. Take challenge to acknowledge in your midst the ten world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers, and see for yourself why they deserve to be on the hot spots among the thousand others. Let the countdown begin!
Having reached the ceiling of success in manufacturing wind turbines, and believes to retain their title as the world’s number one in wind turbine industry, Vestas Wind Systems A/S makes history. The company is an independent company that is engaged in the development, manufacturing, sale, marketing and maintenance of wind power systems that use wind energy to generate electricity. The company operates in Denmark, Germany, India, Italy, Scotland, England, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Australia and China. The company carries out its operations through one reportable business segment namely, production and sales of wind turbines. The company is headquartered in Randers, Denmark and has total 20,829 employees.
#2 – GE Wind Energy
Almost made it to the top, not falls but flies to the second rank among others, is the famous GE Wind Energy, which is a branch of GE Energy and a subsidiary of General Electric. The company manufactures and sells wind turbines to the international market. In 2009, GE was the second largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world. GE is one of the world’s leading wind turbine suppliers. With over 13,500 wind turbine installations worldwide comprising more than 218 million operating hours and 127,000 GWh of energy produced, our knowledge and expertise spans more than two decades. With wind manufacturing and assembly facilities in Germany, Norway, China, Canada and the United States, our current product portfolio includes wind turbines with rated capacities ranging from 1.5 to 4.0 megawatts and support services ranging from development assistance to operation and maintenance.
#3 – Sinovel
Making it to third in the close-fighting largest wind turbine manufacturers in the world is China’s finest – the Sinovel Wind Group Company. The company is the largest turbine manufacturer in China and the third largest in the world. Sinovel has always been a leading innovator in China’s wind power equipment manufacturing industry. It is the first to introduce the globally advanced MW-level wind turbine technology. It is also the first to build a localized supply chain for MW-level wind turbines. They are the first one to achieve the localization and scale production of MW-level wind turbines. They are also the frontline to develop a full range of 1.5MW wind turbines adaptable to a global variety of wind resources and environmental conditions, and the first to develop, manufacture and market the global mainstream 3MW onshore, offshore and intertidal series of wind turbines with the latest technology and independent intellectual property.
Started from a humble beginning but made it to the fourth rank is Enercon GmbH. The company is based in Aurich, Northern Germany, is the third-largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world and has been the market leader in Germany since the mid-nineties. One of Enercon’s key innovations is the gearless (direct drive) wind turbine in combination with an annular generator. As of November 2010, Enercon has installed more than 17,000 wind turbines, with a total power generating capacity exceeding 22 GW.
Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Company found itself in the record for taking the fifth notch on the list of largest wind turbine manufacturers in the planet. The company called in short as Goldwind is a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer based in Urumqi, Xinjiang. The company is one of the largest turbine manufacturer in China and one of the top five in the world. Goldwind Science & Technology Co., Ltd. specializes in R&D, product development and the manufacturing of large-sized wind turbines. It is principally engaged in researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing large-sized wind turbine generator sets. The Company also provides wind power technology service, development and sale of wind power projects and technology transfer service.
Gaining its title as first on the first half of ten, Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica is proud to represent the edge of wind turbine industry in Spain. Gamesa is a manufacturing company mainly concerned with the fabrication of wind turbines and the construction of wind farms. Its headquarters used to be located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, but in 2010 they moved to Zamudio, Biscay. It develops, manages and sells wind farms, for which it also supplies the turbines. The company has installed more than 10,000 MW of production in four continents, saving the equivalent of 51.9 millions of tons of carbon dioxide annually. It presently has over 20,000 MW of production in development in Europe, America and Asia and it is also involved in the construction and development of photovoltaic power stations.
Number seven is said to be lucky and China Dongfang Electric Corporation is, for occupying the seventh rank. The company is one of the largest enterprises in China engaging in the manufacturing of power generators and the contracts of power station projects. It is a state-owned enterprise managed by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. It was founded in 1984 and is based in Chengdu, Sichuan. Its subsidiary is Dongfang Electric Corporation Limited.
#8 – Suzlon Energy
Taking the eighth spot is not bad at all for Suzlon Energy. Suzlon is a global wind power company based in India. In terms of market share, the company is the fourth largest wind turbine manufacturer in Asia (and the 8th largest worldwide). In terms of net worth, it is the world’s most valuable wind power company, but measured by market value, the company is smaller than Vestas and possibly GE, Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica, Enercon and Siemens, of which the market value is harder to know because they are not traded as independent entities. With headquarters in Pune, it has several manufacturing sites in India including Pondicherry, Daman, Bhuj and Gandhidham as well as in mainland China, Germany and Belgium. The company is listed on the National Stock Exchange of India and on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Suzlon operates the largest wind park in the world, the 584 MW wind park in the Western Ghats-Tamil Nadu.
#9 – Siemens Wind Power
Never say die for Siemens Wind Power which took the ninth spot among the hundreds of wind turbine manufacturers in the world. According to United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office, the company has filed 242 wind turbine patents. Siemens Wind Power is a world-class service provider with over 30 years of experience in providing high quality services with superior safety principles. Based on this significant knowledge, a flexible range of service solutions have been designed for both onshore and offshore projects, to optimize the output of wind turbines throughout their lifetime.
Being in the tenth rank is something to be proud of for REpower. REpower Systems AG is a German wind turbine company founded in 2001, but had been purchased by Suzlon Energy Ltd in December 2009. Its product range comprises several types of turbines with rated outputs of between 1.5 and 5 megawatts. It created the 5M, in 2005. REpower’s 1.5-megawatt MD 70/77 range of turbines is one of the most successful turbines in its class. In 2002 REpower launched its 2-megawatt MM 70/82/92 range, currently in series production.