Over 21GW of China’s gigantic wind power fleet will be repowered through to 2028, as turbines erected during the building boom in the latter half of the last decade become uneconomic to maintain and the industry sees a decline in the availability of the richest-resourced sites, according to new calculations from Wood Mackenzie.

The analyst group foresees demand for repowering – where older turbines are replaced with new, higher capacity units, or retrofitted with more efficient components to drive up output and extend a wind farm’s operational life – in the world’s biggest wind market mushrooming from 2023 at an annual growth rate of 83%.