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Wind turbines are fatigue machines always vibrating and working on loosening their fasteners. More vibration will come as engineers develop longer blades to capture more wind energy, and towers reach higher to accommodate them. The wind turbines assemblies require unique fasteners and fastener application engineering. Specialty, custom-engineered fasteners are required for wind turbine high-stress applications and intense vibration that exist during operation. Wind power fasteners are the main connector of wind power generators. In power generators, high-strength anchor bolts are used in large numbers. It accounts for about 22% of the total number of wind turbine components. Pitch bearing and blade, hub and pitch bearing, hub and main shaft, mainframe and yaw bearing, mainframe and generator frame, main bearing and mainframe, gearbox elastic support and mainframe, tower and offset high-strength anchor bolts are used to tighten the brake discs, the connection between tower parts, and locking discs used to connect the main shaft to the gearbox planet carrier. The cost of a wind turbine’s fasteners accounts for about 3.5% to 6.0% of the total equipment cost. Although the parts are small, they have a great effect. Under normal continuous working conditions, wind power fasteners must guarantee a service life of more than 15 years.
Based on type, the market is segmented as, stainless steel, alloy steel, brass, aluminium, and copper. Stainless steel type leads the market owing to they possess an exceptional life cycle, environmentally friendly, and also are 100% recyclable. Also, they are resistant to high heat as well as extremely cold temperatures making the stainless steel fasteners the material choice for almost any application.
Based on the application, the market is segmented into turbine bases, turbine constructions, bolts for turbine blades, and bolts for gear cases and generators. Turbine bases lead the market due to the reason being fasteners are majorly used in the turbine bases to control the bolt tensions and to generate the precise load. They are also used to keep the bolts tight to sustain the vibration caused by the generation of energy.
The key driver of this market is the rising investments to establish a renewable electrical network along with favorable government reforms toward the integration of sustainable systems that will drive the market. Other drivers include ongoing technological advancements along with the adoption of smart sensing and monitoring units across turbines that have decreased the overall system losses by defining structural performance limits that can be fed back to a control system to prevent damage from occurring. Growing demand for electricity and the growing adoption of distributed energy systems.
The key restraint for the market is the high capital investment. Other factors that hamper the market growth are geographical constraints in the region to establish the wind power plant and unawareness of the importance of wind energy.
Key Market Driver -
Rising investments to establish a renewable electrical network
Key Market Restraint -
High capital investment
Some of the major companies in the wind power fastener market include Dokka Fasteners, Dyson Corp., Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., The Cooper & Turner Group, Finework (Hu Nan) New Energy Technology Co., Ltd., Viraj Profiles Ltd, Ford Fasteners, Inc., Swastik Industries, India, The Fasteners House, Caliber Enterprises, Star Fasteners (UK) Ltd, and ITH Bolting Technology.
The global wind power fastener market is studied across different regions like North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. In the U.S., recently, Texas state became the biggest generator of wind power and is poised to get more of its electricity from wind than coal. About 20% of the energy is generated by wind. Also, the growing deployment of renewable energy in the region is uplifting the market. The EU recently announced for the further expansion of wind energy is set to be central to Europe’s economic recovery and the EU Green Deal. Also, the stringent emission regulations in countries like the U.K and Germany provide a further boost to the growth of the market. In the Asia Pacific region, China is the highest producer of wind energy in the year 2018. The market in India, Japan, and Malaysia are expected to lead the market due to the growing demand for electricity from the industrial, commercial, and residential sectors. Other reasons for the growth of the market include rapid industrialization and a decrease in the component cost of the parts. In Middle East & Africa, rising investments across the clean energy sector in countries like the UAE and Saudi Arabia are creating a growth opportunity for the market. The growing adoption of distributed energy systems will also boost the market growth in the forecast period.
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