The industrial death spiral grows: Europe is the king of renewables and it’s also got the most expensive energy in the world making it impossible for the EU to make the things it needs to get to Net Zero.
The EU lost their solar panel factories to China years ago, and the wind industry worries wind turbines will be lost to China as well.
A few months ago:
Vestas chief admitted that they were losing money on every wind turbine they sell. (Good thing their orders were collapsing, eh?)
Volkswagen chief warns things are so expensive, it will not be viable to make electric cars and batteries in Europe either — which must be a bit of nasty surprise given that they just started building the first of six planned battery factoriesin Europe.
How fast those spreadsheets and balance sheets change…
Naturally, the whole industry is calling for more subsidies.
Obviously they can’t ask for what they really need, reliable, low-cost energy.
‘We are treading water:’ An energy crisis is grinding European indu... as the U.S. and China race ahead, Volkswagen warns
Tristan Bove, Yahoo News
Europe’s energy crisis is leaving the continent’s industry at a standstill, and its biggest car manufacturer says competitors are racing ahead as EU governments fail to provide enough support.
“On the international stage, Germany and the European Union are rapidly losing their attractiveness and competitiveness,” Thomas Schäfer, brand chief executive officer at German carmaker Volkswagen, wroteMonday in a LinkedIn post.
Schäfer said that Volkswagen, and other European carmakers, risk falling behind competitors in the electric car manufacturing space due to high energy prices, as the crisis puts the whole of European industry at a disadvantage.
“We are treading water,” he wrote. “I am very concerned about the current development regarding investments in the industry’s transformation. This needs to be urgently prioritized—unbureaucratically, consistently, and quickly.”
He also warned that Volkswagen could not afford to make batteries in the EU either:
“If we don’t succeed in quickly lowering energy prices in Germany and Europe, then investments in energy-intensive production, or for new battery cell factories, in Germany and across the EU will no longer be feasible,” he said.
Maybe it’s no coincidence that Volkswagen are searching for new sites for battery plants in Canada?
It’s a bloodbath in Europe for the wind industry
Haley Zaremba, Oilpatch
…across Europe, major wind turbine makers are reporting massive losses and laying off swaths of employees. Just this month
Vestas Wind Systems, the largest maker of wind turbines in the world, reported a third-quarter loss of 147 million euros (about $151 million).
General Electric, another major wind turbine producer in the United States and Europe, reports that its renewable energy unit is likely to report a $2 billion loss at the end of the year.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Madrid, a leading producer of offshore wind turbines, reported an annual loss of 940 million euros ($965 million) and has announced spending cuts which will incur 2,900 job losses – approximately 11% of the company’s workforce.
Here’s a clue about why wind power can’t compete:
According to the CEO of Siemens Energy, the issue is supply chains. “Never forget, renewables, like wind, roughly need 10 times the material compared to what conventional technologies need,” said Christian Bruch in an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe. “So if you have problems with the supply chain, it hits wind extremely hard, and this is what we see.”
With slower a production rate, due to supply chain problems, the wind industry is stuck — still trying to deliver orders priced during the pre-covid era, and offering new turbines at 2023/2024 prices that are impossibly high for cash-strapped users, who are wondering why any sane person would want dysfunctional wind turbines.