The world added 53.9GW of new wind capacity last year, a slight increase on 2017’s performance, with weakness in Europe offset by other markets, according to preliminary figures from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).

2018’s tally boosted the global wind fleet beyond 600GW, capable of generating nearly 6% of the world’s electricity demand, says Germany-based WWEA.

The Chinese market bounced back, installing nearly 26GW of new wind capacity last year, with the US in a distant second place, putting up 7.6GW.