12. October 2020 | 07:48 CET
Siemens, Vestas, Defense Metals: So the wind blows!
E-mobility drives alternative energies. All efforts to make the world even simpler and more technical are driving electrical energy consumption to undreamt-of heights. The largest consumer is the industry with a share of 42%, followed by private households with 27% and commerce with 22% (others 8%). To generate this demand, the worldwide share of renewable energies has risen from 5.7 to 13.6% in the last ten years. The 20% mark is expected to be reached in 2025. The most important producer of renewable energy is China, with 759 gigawatts per year, uncatchable, followed by the USA, Brazil, and India. Germany is ahead of Canada, in 5th place, with 125 gigawatts. Wind power has a global share of about 1.5%, water 2.5% - oil as the leading energy source still has a high 32% share.
time to read: 2 minutes by André Will-Laudien
Born in Munich, he first studied economics and graduated in business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in 1995. As he was involved with the stock market at a very early stage, he now has more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets.
Siemens - Also at the forefront of wind power generation
For decades, Siemens has been making a wide variety of efforts in the field of power generation and transportation. Most of the world's turbines come from Siemens, whether in gas, hydro, or wind power plants.
Especially in the wind power sector, modern technologies are now able to achieve efficiencies of around 50% - of course, the efficiency of a wind turbine depends on many determinants. The wind must blow neither too little nor too hard to produce the highest yield in the medium range.
In 2017, Siemens Wind Power and Gamesa combined their wind business to shape the energy landscape of the future jointly, and create sustainable value for all stakeholders. The German-Spanish joint venture, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy S.A., is listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange at an all-time high of around EUR 25.00.
Vestas - Number one in wind power worldwide
Vestas Wind Systems A/S, headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, is the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines in terms of sales and installed capacity. Siemens ranks second together with Gamesa. Vestas had around 23,000 employees at the end of 2017. With more than 66,000 installed wind turbines and a combined capacity of over 113 gigawatts in 81 countries, the Company, founded in 1945, is one of the world's leading in the industry.
The Vestas share is a star at the stock exchange in Copenhagen and one of the largest companies with a market capitalization of around 213 billion Danish kroner (DKK). With an increase to DKK 1,090 or EUR 144, the Vestas share reached a new all-time high on October 5, 2020.
Defense Metals - Wind power needs rare earth
Common to all energy generators is that the use of electromagnetic coils requires a certain amount of rare earth metals. Rare earths are, among other things, a component of neodymium magnets (Nd magnets), and these are used in wind turbine generators. Access to rare earth minerals is strategically crucial for the future use of this source of renewable energy.
Defense Metals has an option to acquire 100 percent of the 1,708-hectare Wicheeda rare earth element property located near Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. The mineral deposits found there contain elements commonly used in the electricity market, national security, and in the production of green energy technologies such as high strength alloys and rare earth magnets. They are only necessary for trace amounts but are extremely rare on the globe.
Defense Metals just last week strengthened its management team and appointed Andrew Leland as the Company's strategic advisor. He has been with Lockheed Martin as a systems engineer since 2017 and carries a deep belief in rare earths: "There has never been a more pressing time than now for the United States of America and its allies to secure rare earth elements from safe, reliable and friendly countries." By this, he means the dangerous, worldwide Chinese dominance in this sector, which must be viewed very critically from a geo-strategic point of view. For speculative investors, there is the Defense Metals share with a market capitalization of CAD 10 million to have.