THE NORDEX GROUP IN BRAZIL
The Nordex Group in Brazil
As of November 2020
Brazil offers excellent wind conditions, with wind energy now one of the country’s most important sources of energy. In 2019, the installed capacity in Brazil reached 16 GW. This represents a significant rise in recent years and has seen the wind energy sector become an increasingly important element of the Brazilian electricity market. After hydroelectric power, wind energy is now the second-largest component of the Brazilian electricity generation mix, placing the second-largest country in South America among the global leaders in the field of renewable energy.
The Nordex Group has been active on the Brazilian market since 2013, with its headquarters situated in the commercial capital, São Paulo. Since entering the market, the company has erected 436 turbines to date, with a total installed capacity of 1.3 GW, and has a further 1.15 GW currently under construction. The Nordex Group assembles the nacelles and produces concrete towers for its turbines locally at its own factories. The company also utilizes rotor blades manufactured locally within Brazil. This makes it possible to meet local value-creation requirements, which, in turn, offer better financing options for clients.
The Group`s tried-and-tested mobile factory concept: This type of facility is always built close to relevant wind farm construction site and, after completion of projects within its vicinity, the components and tools can be disassembled to be transported and reused on other projects, thus reducing logistical costs.
A wind turbine can generate significantly more electricity under Brazilian conditions than in many other countries. In fact, due to the excellent wind conditions, the average capacity factor of a wind power station in Brazil can reach 50 per cent – significantly above the global average. By way of comparison, in other countries, this figure is as low as 25 per cent (Source: ABEEólica). Medium wind speeds which are highly favourable for the generation of onshore wind energy can be found in the Northeast Region of Brazil in particular, where the terrain by the coast is flat. In the state of Piauí, the Nordex Group is currently constructing its largest project to date, the Lagoa dos Ventos wind farm, with 716 MW. The Group also manufactures the concrete towers of the AW125/3000 and AW125/3150 turbines in its own tower production facility, which is very close to the project site, thereby also reducing logistics costs and accelerating construction. In addition, the interior of the country and its plateaus likewise offer significant potential for large-scale projects.
Until now, the Nordex Group has only installed turbines from the AW platform in Brazil. However, as the market shifts towards larger rotors with higher towers, the Group is now offering other competitive turbines to their Brazilian customers in the form of the Delta4000 series. This includes the N163/5.X, which features a rotor diameter of 163 metres with a swept area in excess of 20,000m² providing high sales potential.
The N163 turbines in the Delta4000 series feature different operating modes and thus offer maximum flexibility within the 5 MW range. Their operation can be optimised in line with various customer-specific requirements, such as annual yield, service life, and noise level requirements.
…from the Delta4000 Series
The optimal solution for Brazilians wind conditions