The 7th summit on small wind energy “WORLD SUMMIT FOR SMALL WIND 2016” took place in the German town of Husum (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany) from the 17th to 20th of March, 2016. It was held by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) as part of the leading specialized exhibition dedicated to renewable energy “New Energy 2016, Husum”.
The exhibition under the slogan “New opportunities for small wind energy: The global shift towards a 100% renewable energy sources” traditionally affected not only wind energy, but also a wide range of topics related to the use of renewable energy sources, including energy storage, electric mobility, new efficient technology, international cooperation, education, construction, repairs, and others.
The Chairperson of the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), Morten Petersen, said, “All around the world, small wind energy sector is ready for the increased investment in the production and provision of the mass consumer with quality wind turbines. A more favorable policy and harmonized technical standards may give us additional support that we need.”
The exhibition visitors were able to see the many pavilions with new models of small wind turbines.
For experts on small wind energy, the main exhibition event was the two-day World Congress (held on 17 and 18 March). This congress included interesting lectures of representatives of international organizations and organizations from individual states, universities, investment funds and others. The main topics of the presented lectures and reports were devoted to the state of affairs in the various markets, to technical standards and certification, market potential, small island grids, as well as new technological developments.
However, the main presented document (as is tradition since 2012) was an annual report on the development of small wind energy on the planet – Small Wind World Report 2016:
- The global market for small wind turbines has reached 830 MW, and the annual growth rate of 10-11%;
- China accounts for 41% of global production capacity, the US - 30%, and the UK - 15%;
- Complicated procedures for obtaining permits for the installation and the lack of sufficient incentives for domestic production and consumption of electricity from RES are the main market deterrents.
Further details on this as well as other information may be obtained from the report presented by WWEA by following this link: Small Wind World Report 2016.