"Actionable Insights to Fuel Your Growth"

Wind Turbine Gearbox Market Growth, Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Type (New and Replacement), By Application (Offshore and Onshore), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: May 22, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI101355



Play Audio Listen to Audio Version

The global wind turbine gearbox market size was USD 22.27 billion in 2023. The market is expected to grow from USD 23.95 billion in 2024 to USD 44.60 billion by 2032 at a CAGR of 8.08% during the forecast period.

A wind turbine can be defined as a device that converts the wind’s kinetic energy into electrical energy. Wind turbines are constructed with different sizes along with either vertical axes or horizontal axes. When hundreds of thousands of large turbines are installed together, they form a wind farm. A wind turbine uses a rotor coupled with a gearbox drive motor to generate electricity. The conventional design uses a gearbox for the purposes of slowing the speed, however high torque power in the main shaft to a higher rotational speed is useful to the generator. Utility-scale wind turbines often use three-stage gearboxes. The first stage is planetary drive and the remaining two stages use helical gears

The COVID-19 has been declared as a pandemic by WHO and it has spread in approximately 200 countries and the cases of this illness have surpassed 200 million across the world. The pandemic situation has a huge impact on fossil fuels and a negative impact on some of the renewable energy sources. However, the COVID-19 impact on wind energy is considered to be temporary and less effective. The supply chain got disrupted as governments across countries have imposed travel restrictions. The import and export activities were halted and the nationwide lockdown had been implemented in many countries due to which the industries were closed. Accordingly, many projects have been delayed due to COVID-19 across the world.

Despite these challenges, the wind market has seen the highest growth ever and installed more than 96 GW of new capacity which indicates around 59% year-on-year increase. China is the country where this virus is believed to have spread first, yet it has installed the highest capacity in the world.   

According to American Wind Energy Association, as of April 2020, the U.S. has planned to add 25 GW of wind energy and all these projects can be scrapped or got delayed due to COVID-19.  

Due to COVID-19, the construction of the 382.7MW Fryslan offshore wind farm has been delayed. The bad weather in that area along with COVID-19 affected the building.   

Wind Turbine Gearbox Market Trends

Adoption of Paris Climate Change Agreement to Bolster Market Growth

The countries accepting the Paris Climate Change Agreement have improved significantly in terms of reducing air pollution. Paris climate change agreement insisted the countries increase their renewable energy consumption. Wind is a low-cost renewable energy source and it helps countries minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Hence, most of the countries have made a considerable investment in wind energy.

Request a Free sample to learn more about this report.

Wind Turbine Gearbox Market Growth Factors

Favorable Government Policies and Regulations to Underpin Growth Potentials

Investment in renewable sources of energy is highly increasing around the world, creating growth opportunities for the market. The concerns regarding the environment are also increasing and governments in several countries are also focusing on reducing greenhouse gases emission across the world. They are implementing favorable policies that drive both onshore and offshore wind markets. In the U.S., the National Ocean Industries Association established the first offshore farm in 2017.

Europe leads the offshore wind market with the highest capacity share. The International Energy Agency expects that renewable energy will take over fossil fuel as the world’s dominant form of electricity generation in the next five years. The government has set certain targets for them to achieve in the particular timeline and these increases focus on the deployment of new wind farms. The above factor drives the global wind turbine gearbox market growth.

Upward Investments in Wind Energy Projects to Boost Market Growth

Renewable sources are being adopted in multiple regions, driving the current energy transition. Many businesses are investing heavily in expanding renewable energy projects, and wind power is one of those. Investments in projects are allocated as per the requirements, such as turbines, blades, gearboxes, project deployment, labors, and testing.

For Instance, in March 07, 2024, HIH Invest Real Estate attained a 25-MW wind farm in Germany from German project developer Energiequelle GmbH, accumulating the asset to its green energy investment fund. This will lead to investment in equipment as a part of the projects.

Such projects will boost the market for wind turbine gearboxes in the coming years. In addition, rising adaptation of renewable energy sources will most probably help to grow global GDP. This will also add to the integration of technologies in recent years by emerging businesses.


High Cost of Operation and Maintenance of Wind Turbine to Dent Market Growth

The operation and maintenance cost is very high for wind turbines and it accounted for more than 30% of the total cost of the wind turbines. After installing the wind turbine, it is necessary to regularly keep a check on such turbines. Turbines consist of two critical and complex components generator and gearbox. Operation and maintenance activities are crucial for the smooth and extended life of these components. Without proper maintenance, there are chances of failure, which lead to high downtime. The maintenance of the gearbox is a very expensive and complex process. Most of the time, it is preferable to replace the gearbox. The high cost of operation and maintenance may hinder the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Wind Turbine Gearbox Market Segmentation Analysis

By Type Analysis

Replacement Segment to Grow at a Highest CAGR in Market

Based on type, the market is segmented into new and replacement. Replacement gearbox is expected to register growth at a significant pace during the global forecast period. It leads to the shortest downtime and increases productivity. It also increases the shelf life of the gearbox and the exchange process is faster. The replacement of the gearbox helps in upgrading to the latest technology. The preference toward the replacement segment is higher than the new segment thus, driving growth of the replacement segment during the forecast period.

The new segment is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period. The new segment implies the adoption of a new gearbox generally installed in new wind turbines. The rate of deployment of new projects is increasing widely. However, this number is not significantly large as compared to replacement as the new installation is less as compared to the total previous installation. In 2019, total cumulative installation capacity was more than 650 GW. However, the new installation in the same year was 60.4 GW. The new gearbox leads to larger downtime and the investment in new wind farms is largely increasing around the world.

By Application Analysis

To know how our report can help streamline your business, Speak to Analyst

Offshore Application Segment to Register Growth at Highest CAGR in Market

Based on application, the market is segmented into onshore and offshore. The onshore segment is likely to dominate the market during the forecast period. Onshore installation is widely increasing around the world in 2020, with around 90 GW of onshore wind capacity installed in 2020. China and the U.S. dominate in the installation of onshore wind energy. The cost of installation of the onshore wind farms is lower as compared to offshore wind energy. The rapid increase of new installation increases the demand for wind turbine gearbox and this drives growth in the onshore application during the forecast period.

The offshore segment is likely to expand at a significant pace during the forecast period and is expected to register growth at a significant CAGR. The investment in the offshore segment is widely increasing in the world and it is expected to reach more than 120,000 GW or 11 times the projected global electricity demand in 2040. The rise in the installation of offshore wind energy could increase employability. According to GWEC, offshore projects could employ 900,000 people globally in the next decade. These increasing offshore projects involve high usage of the gearbox. Thus, this drives growth of the offshore application segment during the forecast period.


Asia Pacific Wind Turbine Gearbox Market 2023 (USD Billion)

To get more information on the regional analysis of this market, Request a Free sample

The global market has been analyzed geographically across five key regions, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South America. Asia Pacific is likely to dominate the market registering growth at significant CAGR during the forecast period. Asia Pacific is witnessing increase in wind capacity by installing new farms around this region. China is likely to lead the market in the Asia Pacific region as it is increasing wind capacity at a large scale. China even announced to increase its electricity generation from solar and wind plants to around 11% of the country’s total power consumption in 2021, stated National Energy Administration. This region is extensively working on reducing carbon emission which further increases the installation of renewable energy in this region. The increase in installation of wind turbines ultimately increases the market for turbine gearbox during the forecast period.

Europe is likely to register growth at significant CAGR during the forecast period. The installation of renewable energy is widely increasing in this region. The investment in wind energy is extensively increasing, especially in Germany and the U.K. The rate of installation of the gearbox is also widely increasing due to the increasing adoption of the wind turbine in this region. The region has planned various upcoming offshore as well as onshore projects. Europe has planned to build 15 GW of wind energy per year for the next five years. Wind was 16% of the total electricity consumed in Europe in 2020. The increasing deployment of wind energy increases new market opportunities for growth in the gearbox market in Europe during the forecast period.

North America is estimated to be a significant contributor to the growth of the component. The region is highly focused on operation and maintenance services. The companies operating in this region keep a regular check for equipment replacement. The installation of wind energy is also increasing in this region due to rising awareness about climate. The investment in wind power generation is also widely inflating in this region due to reduced cost of wind power. GWEC stated that North America registered growth of over 15% of new onshore capacity installation in 2019 compared to the previous year.

List of Key Companies in Wind Turbine Gearbox Market

Key Participants to Concentrate on Expanding Production Capacities

The global wind turbine gearbox market is extremely fragmented due to the presence of a large number of regional and international players. Numerous key players across the globe are increasingly participating in organic & inorganic developments to strengthen their market position globally. Most companies are concentrating on enhancing their production capabilities by introducing new technologies for wind turbines and wind turbine gearboxes. For Instance, in February 2021, Vestas launched the V236-15.0 MW turbine. This new technology establishes a strong foundation for Vestas offshore leadership journey by setting a benchmark for performance and cost reduction on offshore technology.   

In July 2020, Siemens Gamesa launched its next-generation wind turbine, SG 3.4-145, in India. This new wind turbine is designed and optimized for wind conditions in the country and to deliver the lowest possible LCOE with high reliability.

List of Key Companies Profiled:


  • March 2024- the Indian state-owned Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is scheduled to issue a tender for offshore wind project development by the upcoming year for a cumulative capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW).

  • December 2023 - The European Technology & Innovation Platform on wind energy launched its new Tactical R&I Agenda for the year 2025-2027. It calls for USD 1.96 billion of public investment in wind energy Research and Innovation to increase the expansion of a resilient, modest, and sustainable European wind supply chain.

  • November 2023 - The Odisha government received investment proposals worth USD 60 million from investors for wind energy projects. As per the management, senior government officials, and officials of GRIDCO state nodal agency, an investment suggestion of USD 60 million was made by different investors for 575 MW capacity of wind energy.

  • May 2021 – Vestas and Iberdrola signed a contract to supply 50 units of the V174-9.5 MW offshore wind turbine for the Baltic Eagle project which is being developed off the island of Rugen. Both the companies have also signed a contract for the service and maintenance of the new turbines. 

  • May 2020 – Mammoet was awarded a contract for maintenance of the Whitla Wind 1 Project. Maintenance is required following the full failure of a gearbox in one of its turbines. The scope of the contract includes the heavy lifting and transport of a gearbox for the Whitla Wind 1 project in Southern Alberta, Canada. 


The wind turbine gearbox market research reports provide a detailed analysis of the market and focus on key aspects such as leading companies, leading types, and the application of the product. Besides this, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments and competitive landscape. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the market growth.

To gain extensive insights into the market, Request for Customization




Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate (%)

CAGR of 8.08% from 2024-2032


Value (USD Billion)


By Type

  • New

  • Replacement

By Application

  • Offshore

  • Onshore

By Region

  • North America (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • U.S. (By Type)

    • Canada (By Type)

  • Europe (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • Germany (By Type)

    • France (By Type)

    • U.K. (By Type)

    • Denmark (By Type)

    • Netherlands (By Type)

    • Rest of Europe (By Type)

  • Asia Pacific (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • China (By Type)

    • India (By Type)

    • Thailand (By Type)

    • South Korea (By Type)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Type)

  • Latin America (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • Brazil (By Type)

    • Mexico (By Type)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Type)

  • Middle East and Africa (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • South Africa (By Type)

    • Egypt (By Type)

  • Rest of MEA (By Type)

Frequently Asked Questions

As per the Fortune Business Insights study, the global market was USD 22.27 billion in 2023.

The global market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.08% during the forecast period.

The Asia Pacific market size stood at USD 10.92 billion in 2023.

The report offers two segments which are type and application

Based on application, the offshore segment is holding the dominant share in the market. Based on type, the replacement segment is holding the dominating share in the market.

The global market size is anticipated to reach USD 44.60 billion by 2032, growing at a substantial CAGR of 8.08% during the forecast period (2024-2032).

Increasing technological advancement in operation and maintenance of wind turbines and growing Investment in wind energy to drive market growth.

The top players in the market are Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and General Electric Renewable Energy

The reports available on our website have multiple options that are easy to access and the sample reports are just a click away

Seeking Comprehensive Intelligence on Different Markets?
Get in Touch with Our Experts

Speak to an Expert
  • 2019-2032
  • 2023
  • 2019-2022
  • 140

Personalize this Research

  • Granular Research on Specified Regions or Segments
  • Companies Profiled based on User Requirement
  • Broader Insights Pertaining to a Specific Segment or Region
  • Breaking Down Competitive Landscape as per Your Requirement
  • Other Specific Requirement on Customization
Request Customization Banner

Client Testimonials

“We are quite happy with the methodology you outlined. We really appreciate the time your team has spent on this project, and the efforts of your team to answer our questions.”

- One of the largest & renowned medical research centers based in the U.S. on a report on the U.S. NIPT Market.

“Thanks a million. The report looks great!”

- Feedback from a consultant on a report on the U.S. Beef Market.

“Thanks for the excellent report and the insights regarding the lactose market.”

- Brazil based company specializing in production of protein ingredients.

“I liked the report; would it be possible to send me the PPT version as I want to use a few slides in an internal presentation that I am preparing.”

- Global Digital Services Agency on a report on the Global Luxury Goods Market.

“This report is really well done and we really appreciate it! Again, I may have questions as we dig in deeper. Thanks again for some really good work.”

- U.S.-based biotechnology company focussing on treatment of chronic pain.

“Kudos to your team. Thank you very much for your support and agility to answer our questions.”

- Europe-based provider of solutions to automate data centre operations.

“We appreciate you and your team taking out time to share the report and data file with us, and we are grateful for the flexibility provided to modify the document as per request. This does help us in our business decision making. We would be pleased to work with you again, and hope to continue our business relationship long into the future.”

- India-based manufacturer of industrial and specialty intermediates with a strong global presence.

“I want to first congratulate you on the great work done on the Medical Platforms project. Thank you so much for all your efforts.”

- One of the largest cosmetics company in the world.

“Thank you very much. I really appreciate the work your team has done. I feel very comfortable recommending your services to some of the other startups that I’m working with, and will likely establish a good long partnership with you.”

- U.S. based startup operating in the cultivated meat market.

“We received the below report on the U.S. market from you. We were very satisfied with the report.”

- Global hearing aids manufacturer.

“I just finished my first pass-through of the report. Great work! Thank you!”

- U.S. based solar racking solutions provider.

“Thanks again for the great work on our last partnership. We are ramping up a new project to understand the imaging and imaging service and distribution market in the U.S.”

- World’s leading advisory firm.

“We feel positive about the results. Based on the presented results, we will do strategic review of this new information and might commission a detailed study on some of the modules included in the report after end of the year. Overall we are very satisfied and please pass on the praise to the team. Thank you for the co-operation!”

- Germany based machine construction company.

“Thank you very much for the very good report. I have another requirement on cutting tools, paper crafts and decorative items.”

- Japanese manufacturing company of stationery products.

“We are happy with the professionalism of your in-house research team as well as the quality of your research reports. Looking forward to work together on similar projects”

- One of the Leading Food Companies in Germany

“We appreciate the teamwork and efficiency for such an exhaustive and comprehensive report. The data offered to us was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you!”

- Intuitive Surgical

“I recommend Fortune Business Insights for their honesty and flexibility. Not only that they were very responsive and dealt with all my questions very quickly but they also responded honestly and flexibly to the detailed requests from us in preparing the research report. We value them as a research company worthy of building long-term relationships.”

- Major Food Company in Japan

“Well done Fortune Business Insights! The report covered all the points and was very detailed. Looking forward to work together in the future”

- Ziering Medical

“It has been a delightful experience working with you guys. Thank you Fortune Business Insights for your efforts and prompt response”

- Major Manufacturer of Precision Machine Parts in India

“I had a great experience working with Fortune Business Insights. The report was very accurate and as per my requirements. Very satisfied with the overall report as it has helped me to build strategies for my business”

- Hewlett-Packard

“This is regarding the recent report I bought from Fortune Business insights. Remarkable job and great efforts by your research team. I would also like to thank the back end team for offering a continuous support and stitching together a report that is so comprehensive and exhaustive”

- Global Management Consulting Firm

“Please pass on our sincere thanks to the whole team at Fortune Business Insights. This is a very good piece of work and will be very helpful to us going forward. We know where we will be getting business intelligence from in the future.”

- UK-based Start-up in the Medical Devices Sector

“Thank you for sending the market report and data. It looks quite comprehensive and the data is exactly what I was looking for. I appreciate the timeliness and responsiveness of you and your team.”

- One of the Largest Companies in the Defence Industry
We use cookies to enhance your experience. By continuing to visit this site you agree to our use of cookies . Privacy.