“The wind energy market will continue to grow, but not at the pace that was expected prior to 2009,” says managing director Clint Wheelock. “The economic crisis has thrown the industry into a tailspin, and there are many different views about how the market will develop over the next few years. Our forecast is approximately 20% lower than the wind industry’s own numbers released earlier this year, but we still see cause for optimism as fundamental demand drivers for wind turbines remain strong.”

In addition to new site development, one key revenue driver will be the replacement of aging turbine fleets. “Most turbines were designed for a 20-year useful life,” says Wheelock, “but in many cases it makes economic sense to replace 10-year-old turbines with newer, larger, more efficient models.” By 2015, Pike Research forecasts that 31% of all turbine installations will be replacements, with an even higher percentage in Europe given that region’s larger number of legacy turbines.

Pike Research’s study, “Wind Turbine Opportunities and Outlook”, analyzes key market factors in the global wind energy industry, including technology issues, regulatory frameworks, and the competitive landscape. The report includes rich quantitative analysis such as market sizing, segmentation, market share of top turbine vendors, and global growth forecasts by country through 2015.