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offshore wind farm in Copenhagen, Denmark.
(3 January 2001)
Wind Turbine Sales Sextuple in Five Years
For the sixth consecutive year, sales from Danish
wind turbine manufacturers set a new record. New statistics from
the Danish Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association show that the
production increased sixfold in the course of the last five years,
corresponding to an annual growth rate of 44% per year.
turnover increased some 60% from 7.7 billion DKK (euro 1 billion)
in 1998 to 12.5 billion DKK (euro 1.7 billion) in 1999. The Danish
manufacturers' share of the world market increased slightly to
approx. 50% in 1999. If foreign joint ventures (associated companies)
are included, the market share is close to 65%. Strong - but
temporary - increases in American and German demand were the
main contributors to the remarkable growth.
17% of the total production of 2,241 MW (megawatt generating
power) went to the Danish home market, while foreign countries
demanded the remaining 1,853 MW.
became the first year in which the world installed more new wind
generating capacity than nuclear capacity.
direct employment in the Danish wind turbine factories increased
by more than 1,000 to 3,800 at the end of 1999. To this figure
should be added some 10,000 jobs in Danish component manufacturing.
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