The onshore wind power market in the United States has seen significant development in recent years, and a recent report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) states that the U.S. now holds more than 100 gigawatts of wind energy capacity. The increased height and capacity of wind towers, coupled with technological developments, have prompted growth forecasts for the global onshore wind power market of almost $27 billion between the 2019-2023 period.
The advantages of onshore wind farms
Increased hub heights in inland areas with high wind turbulence can deliver better wind yields since wind turbulence declines at higher altitudes. Taller wind towers mean fewer turbines are required on wind farms since a single turbine can produce more power. Since the wind turbines are higher, their energy conversion rates are better, which can increase the annual energy production at onshore renewable energy projects. Bigger rotors and blades at these wind farms also enable the turbines to deliver greater generation capacity.
- A reduction in wind turbines needed on wind farms
- Less capital expenditure required
- Decreased risks associated with project execution
- Reduced operational and maintenance costs for farm operators
- Lower electricity generation costs
As a result of these key advantages, several wind turbine manufacturers have embarked on manufacturing taller wind towers to increase onshore wind turbines’ production capacity. These measures are predicted to aid market growth of onshore wind power systems at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 6% during the 2019-2023 period. Investment continues to thrive in the research and development arena to improve the efficiency of equipment used at onshore wind farms while also looking at ways to optimize the installation process of turbines.
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