Global wind energy powers ahead

The global wind energy industry is looking very healthy, with wind-generated power growing faster than any other renewable-energy technology in 2012, climbing by 19% to 283 GW, delegates attending the WINDaba conference and exhibition in Cape Town have heard.

The US pipped China to the post for 2012, although China remains the leader for total installed capacity, according to Global Wind Energy Council secretary-general Steve Sawyer. Last year was also a record-setting year for the industry in Europe.

In Africa, Ethiopia is slightly ahead of South Africa in total installed wind energy capacity, but Sawyer did not expect Ethiopia’s number one status in Africa to stand for long, with a new tranche of South African wind energy projects about to get under way. He told the WINDaba that South Africa was “making a significant impact” on the wind power scene. Read on Engineering News >


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