Wind turbine manufacturer GE aims to continue its push to raise market share in Europe as it seeks to reduce its historic reliance on the US market, GE’s vice-president for renewables says.
“There are some nice
markets in Europe,” says Anne McEntee, mentioning the UK and Turkey, as well as
Russia — despite the current political uncertainty around its intervention in
“We think we have the
products to win,” she adds, without giving a specific target for the percentage
of market share that GE expects to gain in Europe. McEntee says the company is “clearly
focusing on international growth,” adding that two thirds its sales were
outside the US in 2013, albeit in what was a very slow year in its home market.
GE announced a series of
European orders to coincide with EWEA 2014, including 110MW of orders for its “brilliant”
2.5-120 turbine in Germany, to developers Juwi, Abo-Wind, Max Bogl Wiesner and
Outside of Germany, GE Wind
announced the sale of another 43 turbines to a range of developers across
France, Scotland and Sweden.
In France, GE will deliver
27 of its 2.85MW turbines to projects backed by the developer Boralex in the
northern regions of Picardy and Nord Pas-de-Calais. SSE Renewables has ordered
ten of GE’s 1.6MW turbines for its Langhope Rig project in the Scottish Borders
region. Meanwhile, in southern Sweden, GE has sold six of its 1.6-100 turbines
and a five-year service agreement to the Erikshester project, which is owned by
Eksjö Energi and nearly a dozen other investors.
“We want to expand business
in Europe, and do it in a profitable way,” says Cliff Harris, general manager
of GE’s European renewable-energy business. “Our strategy is to look at things
like grid infrastructure and battery storage to make wind complementary with
existing generation sources, as well as make sure our service provision is
He says GE is “doing well” in
Germany, where the market is dominated by local manufacturer Enercon, with
Denmark’s Vestas in number-two spot.
Harris has said in the past
he would like to double GE’s market share in Europe from 6% in 2012 to 12%in