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Brazil Windpower 2019 – Insights into the wind energy market in Brazil

Wind energy is often associated with Europe, the USA, and China. However, Brazil is less frequently mentioned – despite being a major economic power. As Latin America’s largest wind energy event approaches, we take a look at the market situation as well as challenges and opportunities for wind power in Brazil.

Brazil Windpower 2019 comes at a time when wind energy in Brazil is experiencing significant growth. The installed MW capacity of the nation has increased from 27.1 in 2005 to 15,753.7 in 2019 and is expected to rise to 18,795.2 by 2024. The event looks to capitalize on this booming market – highlighted by the fact that a considerable number of the visitors will hold decision-making positions. So, why has wind energy experienced such growth in Brazil, and what can attendees expect from the exhibition?

The situation in Brazil

Brazil’s venture into wind energy began in 1992, when its first wind turbine started producing electricity. The long coastlines and mountainous regions of the nation that experience consistent winds make it the ideal location for large-scale wind energy production. The country also faces significantly fluctuating weather conditions which have led to droughts in recent years. This makes wind energy a potentially viable option to support hydropower, which is dependent on water. These factors, alongside the global concern over climate change, are likely to have played a key role in Brazil’s rising use of wind energy.

How established is wind energy in Brazil?

At present, wind energy is still some way behind other sources of electricity, such as hydropower, which accounts for around 70 percent of the energy generated by Brazil. But the signs of growth in the wind industry are clear. 25 million households, equating to approximately 75 million people, were powered by wind energy on a monthly basis in 2017. High installation costs for new turbines or wind farms serve as a potential stumbling block. However, once a wind farm is operational, it can leverage the limitless wind resources that will provide reliable energy indefinitely. Indeed, companies are investing in the renewable energy market in Brazil. Juliana Vasconcelos, Coordinator of Foreign Direct Investment at the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), believes wind will become the second most prominent source of electricity after hydropower.

Brazil Windpower 2019: Opportunities on the horizon

This year’s edition of the event takes place on May 28–30, 2019, at the Transamérica Expo Center in São Paulo. It will bring together wind energy experts, executives, authorities, and businesses to discuss key topics, including optimizing the levelized cost of energy. The notable growth in the industry and the resumption of energy auctions highlight opportunities for new business that can be achieved through collaboration. Companies from all over the world will showcase the latest developments in wind energy technology – many of which help operators boost reliability, therefore making wind energy more economically viable.

What to expect at the event

Brazil Windpower 2019 is divided into three sections:

Congress: Here, authorities and executives from the international wind energy community will meet to debate the most relevant topics and identify ways to further wind power in Brazil.

Business fair: Companies from across the globe will present the latest technologies for achieving wind turbine reliability as well as generating many networking opportunities.

Workshops: These sessions give companies and individuals the chance to present their solutions or theories in greater detail. Topics include new technologies, market research, and success stories.

SKF to be represented in South America

As is the case at most leading wind energy events, SKF will have a booth and a team on site. Visitors will get the chance to talk to experts about products and services from the company, such as the SKF Rotation For Life maintenance model and optimized spherical roller bearings for wind turbine main shafts. Additionally, our specialists can assist attendees with any questions or requests they may have.

If you want to find out more about Brazil Windpower 2019 or book a ticket, please visit the event website.

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