Siemens Gamesa has started the installation of a new generation of wind energy turbines in Bahia, the turbines can produce up to 6.2 MW and have a height of 170 meters.
Siemens Gamesa started this Tuesday (10th) the installation of a new generation of more powerful machines for onshore wind energy in Bahia, taking an essential step to expand its competitiveness in a key market for the manufacturer and position itself to to the advancement of the country's offshore wind market. Brazil will be the first in the world to operate Siemens Gamesa's wind turbines, which have a rated power of 6.2 MW and a 170-meter rotor, the largest available in the onshore wind energy market.
Turbine model attracts new investments in the sector
The first machines, which are being produced in Bahia, are being installed in AES Brasil's Tucano wind farm. Siemens Gamesa, which until a few years ago produced 3.5 MW wind turbines, has seen that the market is very interested in the new model and already has supply contracts signed with Essentia, owned by Pátria and Engie Brasil.
According to the general director of Siemens Gamesa in Brazil, Felipe Ferrés, the new turbine is becoming a key machine for the entire world. The first orders came either to the Nordic countries or to Brazil. Currently, there are already several contracts in addition to these regions. The executive also claims that the model has drawn the attention of large wind energy investors, given that it optimizes the parks to make them more powerful with fewer machines and, in the future, could be applied in small offshore projects.
The director says that Siemens Gamesa has a great advantage in this regard, considering that it has already been used for such a large machine on land, but thinking that it can also be applied offshore. The executive states that, however, offshore parks are generally much larger than onshore ones, so the volume of orders should grow proportionately for local production to be viable.
Green hydrogen could contribute to wind energy
Ferrés also states that there is no doubt that the wind energy market in Bahia and Brazil will develop a lot, but he understands that the speed of this process is directly linked to the development of green hydrogen.
Thinking only of wind expansion to supply the energy market, the company is on a plateau of 4 GW installed annually for the entire industry, but when green hydrogen goes into production, the scale multiplies and it will be necessary to go offshore, which is taking place in Brazil, where Siemens Gamesa is present.
Green hydrogen is produced by means of an electrolyser that consumes renewable energy, which can be generated by wind generators, for example. The fuel has the ability to contribute to climate change and in addition to being used in vehicles in the future, there are also applications in the food and other industries.
Siemens gamesa suffers from breakdown of production chains
The company has its turbine factory in Camaçari, Bahia, full until the end of next year or 2024 and does not see many difficulties in meeting the demand of its customers.
What is done today in one shift could potentially be done in three shifts, that is, tripling the factory's capacity without increasing physical space or manpower, just with adjustments and training.