How does the wind energy supply chain evolve and change in established and future markets?
This research collaboration will identify key enabling supply chain technologies and map them to markets where needs for those technologies may arise. We will also examine the potential impact on total wind energy costs that these infrastructure investments could have. In a possible subsequent step, we may estimate the future value (e.g., expected jobs, sales volume) created within a region considering the expected onshore and offshore wind capacities by 2030 and 2050. For a given region we may consider the following approach: First, we analyze current wind deployment and respective turbine models in use. Second, we identify the subcomponents (a blade, bearings, pitch system, generator, support structure, etc.) of the turbine models and their manufacturing location, building on data published by certification bodies and others. Third, we use the Task’s knowledge of costs (capital expenditure shares at the component level) to identify the value created within a region or through a specific original equipment manufacturer. As an optional final step, we might expand to a forward-looking perspective, providing estimates on future (e.g., 2030/2050) regional value creation and assembly needs.