China's Envision may ship 2.5GW

Envision Energy expects to ship between 2GW and 2.5GW of wind turbines in 2014, underscoring its rapid emergence as one of China’s leading suppliers – and one with ambitions overseas.

It shipped 1.13GW in 2013, according to the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA).

Envision has quickly become a key player in China’s turbine market in recent years.

It moved into fourth place on the CWEA’s list of the country’s top turbine suppliers last year, from seventh in 2012 and thirteenth in 2011.

By the end of 2013, it claimed roughly 2.6% of the Chinese wind turbine market, with 2.4GW of cumulative installed capacity.

“China accounts for more than 95% (of our shipments), I would say,” an Envision spokesman told Recharge.

The spokesman estimates that it could rank as high as seventh or eighth globally. “But most of our market is in China, so it doesn’t make sense for us to say we’re a global player,” he said.

However, Envision says it is now preparing to expand into select foreign markets, both as a turbine supplier and as an investor in wind farms.

Last year, it scored its first overseas order with the sale of five of its 2.1MW, 110-metre-rotor turbines to an undisclosed project in Chile.

Shanghai-based Envision has offices in Houston, Mexico City and London, as well as an R&D hub in Osaka.

Its global innovation centre in Silkeborg, Denmark is staffed by about 40 engineers, including veterans of Vestas, Siemens and Gamesa.