Worldwide Deployment of Wind Turbine Technology
Based on the published data , Denmark has been recognized as a pioneer in developing the wind turbine technology as early as 1970. In 2003, Denmark built and put into operation the world鈥檚 largest, off-shore wind turbine with generating capacity of 915 MW. By the year 2006, Denmark had a total wind power installed capacity exceeding 3136 MW, which meets roughly 30 percent of the country鈥檚 electrical energy needs. Today, 90 percent of the wind turbines are manufactured in Denmark which are sold in international markets capturing 43 percent of the world鈥檚 wind turbine market. Today, Europe generates about 3.5 percent of its electrical energy using wind turbine technology.
The global wind turbine market grew more than 35 percent by the year 2006, with electricity-generating capacity exceeding 15,300 MW. In 2005, Germany installed a wind turbine with generating capacity of 2300 MW, bringing their total wind turbine installation capacity to more than 21,000 MW.
Britain has added 168 MW to its wind power energy system to bring its capacity to greater than 2100 MW. Poland is planning to add wind turbines, with total generating capacity exceeding 1100 MW by 2010. It is important to mention that Germany is putting a major emphasis on renewable energy programs, which will encourage the deployment of solar cell technology and wind turbines to generate electricity at lower costs.