Navigant: $37.3B in wind blade materials to be made between 2017 and 2026

Thursday September 28, 2017 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Navigant Research, wind turbines, Jesse Broehl

BOULDER -- The materials market for wind turbine blades has an estimated value of $4.57 billion in 2017, and $37.34 billion in materials is expected to be produced and purchased between 2017 and 2026, according to a new report from Navigant Research.NavigantNEWlogoUSE

The report evaluates global demand for key wind blade materials, including reinforcement fiber, resins, core materials, adhesives, paint and coatings, and metal blade studs, providing market forecasts for revenue, through 2026.

The rapid pace of research and development for winds blades, manufacturing processes, and advanced materials is enabling stronger and longer blades, making wind turbines more efficient, increasing turbine annual energy production, and lowering the cost of energy from wind power plants, the report notes.

“The wind blade materials market is one of the most competitive, dynamic, and strategically important parts of the wind turbine supply chain,” said Jesse Broehl, Navigant senior research analyst.

“Many materials suppliers are competing to meet or ideally exceed the demands of the wind turbine manufacturers and independent wind blade manufacturers.”

Despite the market competition, high growth in wind blade materials is not expected to occur globally during the next decade, according to the report.

The United States and China are in a period of peak installation rates, which places downward pressure on the expected 10-year outlook. Country markets with anticipated higher growth, however, include South Africa and numerous countries in Latin America.

The reportMarket Data: Wind Blade Materials Demand Forecast, assesses and quantifies global demand for key wind blade materials. The study focuses on revenue estimates for the following wind blade materials: reinforcement fiber (predominantly fiberglass, carbon fiber, and other advanced stitched and woven fabrics), resins (epoxy and polyester), core materials (balsa wood and a range of polymer foam materials), adhesives, paint and coatings, and metal blade studs.

Global market forecasts for revenue, segmented by material, region, and country, extend through 2026. The report also examines wind blade cost breakdowns and bill of materials estimates.

An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.