Game Over: German Wind Industry In Freefall

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The manufacturers of turbines and solar panels are dropping like flies, as subsidies are rolled back across Europe.

So-called ‘green’ jobs are a case of easy come, easy go. The wind and solar ‘industries’ that gave birth to those jobs simply can’t survive without massive and endless subsidies, which means their days are numbered.

With the axe being taken to subsidies across the globe, their ultimate demise is a matter of when, not if.

The wind back in subsidies across Europe has all but destroyed the wind industry: in Germany this year a trifling 35 onshore wind turbines have been erected, so far.

Twelve countries in the European Union (EU) failed to install “a single wind turbine” last year.

Danish turbine maker, Vestas is on the brink and was recently forced to axe 600 of its groovy ‘green’ jobs. Its rival Siemens Gamesa, has also been forced to wield the axe, sacking 600 workers in its Danish operations.

Spreading like a contagion, the demise of turbine manufacturers across Europe has taken hold in Germany, with Enercon lining up to sack 3,000 of its workers, in a last ditch effort to stay afloat.


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    T. C. Clark


    Well, China will offer financial help….and ready made solar panels….and rare earth magnets…in the meantime China is taking advantage of French nuclear technology….hope the French don’t mind if China sort of “appropriates” the tech….and , yes, China continues to build coal plants – why not? China has coal and it’s cheap. China seems to know how to play this game….too bad the Germans don’t.

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    Vance Lunn


    There’s a place for wind energy turbines and production. Remote locations. The tops of skyscrapers to supplement the building’s power needs. These instances can make good use of wind energy, but artificially propping up the industry to be bigger than the need for it really is does no one any good in the end.

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      Hmm. Using a wind turbine in a remote location makes some sense, as long as it’s not a large bird-chopping type and is small enough to be economically transported, installed, and maintained in such a location. However, wouldn’t a wind turbine on the top of a skyscraper be extremely hazardous? We already have occasional instances of windows and other objects falling from tall buildings in high winds. It’s hard to imagine the additional structural stress and maintenance challenge of a sizable wind machine on such a building. These things have been known to catch fire. How could that be handled? This sounds more like a variant of the green fantasy than a practical approach.

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