Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex installed a total of 428 additional wind turbines around the world in 2011, an increase of 13% over the previous year (2010: 378 turbines). This growth was dominated by multi-megawatt turbines, which accounted for 77%. The average capacity per turbine remained stable at 2.3 MW. All told, the new capacity installed by Nordex in 2011 came to about 970 MW (vs. 889 MW in 2010).
At 72%, Europe was Nordex’s most important regional market, with about 15% of turbine capacity installed in America and a further 13% in Asia. Within Europe, Turkey was the most important single market with new capacity of 170 MW.
The company also increased its capacity in its domestic German market by 11%. “We were unable to achieve our targets in Germany due to project postponements. However, I expect greater growth in 2012. This year in Germany, we will benefit from our amply filled order books and the projects postponed in 2011,” says Nordex CSO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard.
The greater number of turbines assembled in 2011 does not affect the sales forecast for that fiscal year. The company will publish its consolidated financial statements for 2011 in March.