The authorizations are for all or part of the turbines installed in each park located in the states of Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte and Rio Grande do Sul. Commercial operations will start after tests are concluded.
The farms and capacities authorized were:
Colônia 18.9MW and Taíba Águia 23.1MW – Controlled by Queiroz Galvão Renováveis
Cerro Chato IV 10MW – Controlled by Eletrosul and Rio Bravo investment fund
Eurus VI 8MW – Controlled by Eurus Energias Renováveis
Atlântica II 30MW, Santa Clara I, II, III, IV, V VI 180MW each – Controlled by CPFL Renováveis
União dos Ventos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 combined capacity authorized of 169.6MW – Controlled by Grupo Serveng
Morro dos Ventos I, III, IV, V, IX combined capacity of 144MW – Controlled by Desa
This is the second of three stages to be completed at the Cristal wind power complex, with the first phase, Primavera, finalised earlier this year.
São Judas is comprised of 13 2.3MW Siemens turbines.
Cristal will have a total installed capacity of 90MW once completed, after an overall investment of about €165m ($227m).
The new wind farm brings EGP's installed capacity in Brazil to more than 207MW, of which 93MW is hydro. In addition, the company is building the Curva and Serra Azul wind farms in the state of Bahia.
“Sixty-five per cent of all investigated offshore wind patents come from Germany. That is a very good result and shows an innovative and highly technological sector,” WAB managing director Ronny Meyer says.
Institutes such as the centre for wind energy research ForWind, the Fraunhofer institute for wind energy and energy system technology, and the German centre for aviation and space travel DLR are setting international standards in wind energy research, WAB stresses.
There are currently 18,000 people working in the offshore wind sector across Germany, but annual patent registrations have actually decreased sharply since 2012, Germanwind project leader Daniela Schimrigk warns.
“It is now the task of industry and politics to make sure that we continue to expand that leading position and assume a key role in the international offshore market,” she said.
Germanwind for the study looked at 3,000 patents from Denmark, the UK and Germany from 1992 to 2013 in areas such as blade and rotors, drive train components, nacelles and offshore towers.