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24 Aug 2009 11:08:11

European wind turbine demand expected to remain steady



European wind turbine demand expected to remain steady
Some 8,600 MW of new wind energy capacity will be installed in EU member countries this year, up one percent compared to 2008.

That is according to forecasts by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), which predicted the EU's total installed wind capacity will reach 73,535 MW by the end of 2009, up from 64,935 MW in 2008.

In a year that has seen most industries affected by the global economic crisis, the organisation suggested that it is encouraging wind energy looks set to remain in high demand.

This is particularly so as it is Europe's biggest source of renewable energy, the EWEA claimed.

Christian Kjaer, chief executive of the association, said that the research results show an "underlying demand" for wind energy technology across the continent.

"The outlook for 2009 is encouraging," he said, before adding: "The real test of the wind energy sector's ability to withstand the financial crisis will be 2010."

Interestingly, the research showed a significant difference between more established markets in the EU and newer, emerging markets.

While, the older EU-15 member states are expected to install a similar amount of wind capacity in 2009 as last year, the newer EU-12 countries are forecast to install 150 MW more this year, an annual increase of 35 percent.

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