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Materials usage in wind turbine blades - the global market

Materials usage in wind turbine blades - the global market

Date of publication: January 2015

Overview:The market for wind turbine blades has been growing rapidly in recent years especially in regions like Latin America and Asia. While global materials usage has continued to rise, there were significant uncertainties and changing market dynamics. In certain parts of the world governmental support for wind energy has been weakening due to budgetary constraints with consequences both for generation capacity and the distribution network, yet the long term prospects remain encouraging.

To maximise return on investment, the average blade size has been getting longer and heavier requiring greater quantities of raw materials. As blade length and weight keeps increasing greater sophistication in blade design, materials and manufacture will still be required. The link between generating capacity, blade size and materials usage will be discussed in detail in the report. 

The market for wind turbine blades has been established over 10 years and a market is now emerging for repair and replacement.  This segment is expected to grow even faster than the new market.  

Definitions, segmentation, scope, raw materials, methodology and abbreviations

Management overview
An overview of the main conclusions and summary data

Introduction to the wind turbine industry

  • Current and forecast wind turbine investment
  • Structure of the wind turbine blade supply chain 
  • Global blade trade
  • Quality standards and certification

Section 1: Global supply and demand by material

  • Fibre reinforcement (glass and carbon fibre)
  • Resin (epoxy and polyester)
  • Core (balsa wood, PVC, PET & SAN)
  • Adhesive (epoxy, polyurethane & vinyl ester)
  • Coatings

Section 2: Blade technology

  • Key issues and events
  • Blade sizes (length, weight and power rating)
  • Wind turbine blade components
  • Blade manufacturing processes (infusion, integrated infusion and prepreg)
  • Other issues (segmented blades, automation and advanced blade features)  

Section 3:  Materials technology
Summary information will be provided on the main materials to aid non-technical readers

Section 4-7:  Europe, North America, Asia, Rest of World
These sections will discuss key issues; provide an overview of the region, details on specific countries and detailed material supply and demand data


Product scope
The study investigates and quantifies demand by material segmented into:

  • Fibre (glass and carbon)
  • Resin (epoxy and polyester)
  • Core materials (Balsa, PVC, PET and SAN)
  • Adhesives (epoxy, polyurethane and vinyl ester)
  • Coatings

Application scope
The application scope for this study is commercial wind turbine blades.

Units of measure
The study reports on the markets in terms of usage of materials (fibre reinforcement, resin, core materials and adhesives) in tonnes and approximate financial values in Euros (€).  Core materials will also be reported by volume (‘000 m3).

Reporting basis

The study provides material demand data for the years 2011, 2014 and forecast demand for 2019. More than 60 tables and 100 figures (charts, pictures and diagrams) are presented to give greater detail and understanding of the market and industry.

Geographical scope

The geographic scope is the world market, segmented into:

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Asia
  • Rest of world

The report is supplied as a downloadable PDF with an enterprise-wide license agreement. One printed hard copy of the report is also provided.


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For further information please contact Cristina de Santos, DDI: +44(0) 117 314 8141

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