New super wind turbines outcompete thermal plants

The next generation of wind turbines will push the price of green power so far down that coal and gas-fired plants will be rendered uncompetitive throughout most of the world, potentially kickstarting the onshore wind market.

Wind turbines and solar panels currently outcompete coal and gas-fired power plants throughout most of the world. The next generation of wind turbines, set to arrive shortly, will accentuate this trend and might accelerate growth in, for instance, onshore wind. | Photo: JP

An entirely new generation of super-efficient wind turbines, towering up to 250 meters, are just around the corner, and these could kickstart the global onshore wind market, forecasts Chief Executive Knud-Erik Andersen of European Energy, which develops wind and solar farms around the world.

"This is the most substantial development that has happened in the wind energy sector during the last ten years," Andersen says.

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