Increased cash flow at Chinese turbine OEMs has brought higher levels of R&D investment, and the result is that the quality of innovations is improving, along with the competitiveness of products and service offerings.

They will need this higher spend to develop the type of competitive turbine platforms that many European and North American companies have created. These modular platforms, with multiple power ratings, rotor diameters and hub heights, coupled with a streamlined supply chain, have been behind a major improvement in project execution and services delivery in the past three years, and will cut the average onshore levelised cost of energy by 20% in the next seven years.