Wind blade joint venture to supply Europe and North Africa

Arizona-based TPI Composites has a multiyear agreement with Nordex SE to provide wind blades for the N117 wind turbine for wind farms in Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East.

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TPI Composites (Scottsdale, Ariz.) announced on Aug. 13 that it had signed a multiyear supply agreement with Nordex SE (Hamburg, Germany) under which it will provide blades for Nordex’s N117 wind turbine from TPI’s factory in Izmir, Turkey. Nordex will use the blades for projects in Turkey and export them to other locations in the greater European region, northern Africa and the Middle East.

TPI and ALKE ÎNŞAAT, an engineering, manufacturing and construction company headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, formed a joint venture company in Izmir to manufacture large blades in 2012. The joint venture, TPI Kompozit Kanat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., has a 355,000-ft2 (32,500m2) building with convenient access to both land and water transportation, which enables cost-effective export of blades to southern and eastern Europe and northern Africa. TPI Composites controls and operates the Turkish joint venture.

“We are thrilled to add Nordex as a key customer of our Turkey operation under TPI’s partnership model,” says Steve Lockard, president and CEO of TPI Composites. “Nordex is a leader in the Turkey and European wind markets. Their N117 turbine is one of the most advanced and efficient in its class with average capacity factors in excess of 35 percent.” Dr. Juergen Zeschky, CEO of Nordex, adds, “We are very pleased to be partnering with TPI in Turkey to provide world-class wind blades to the region. TPI’s track record as a technology and quality leader makes them an excellent partner to match the performance and reliability of Nordex wind turbines.”

Related to wind energy market growth in Eurasia, Reuters reported on Aug. 26 that wind turbine and blade producer Siemens (Munich, Germany) expects the global wind power market to more than quadruple by 2030, lifted by strong growth in Asia. Markus Tacke, chief executive of Siemens’ wind power division, said at a renewable energy conference in Berlin that “the market will shift away from Europe significantly,” according to the story by Christoph Steitz. Tacke added that globally installed wind power capacity would increase to 1,107 GW in 2030 from 273 GW in 2012, with the Asia-Pacific region accounting for more than 47 percent of the total, up from 34 percent now.