The Pernambuco State Development Agency (Agefepe) in Brazil will help finance a BRL-3.2-million (USD 905,000/EUR 799,000) wind farm efficiency project.
The project, a partnership between the state government and local company Eolica Tecnologia, aims to increase the productivity of large wind turbines and reduce maintenance costs through the creation of a system that monitors the performance of the equipment, the government said on Tuesday.
According Everaldo Feitosa, Eolica's president, the project will help increase the productivity of each turbine by 5% to 10% while also reducing the need for maintenance works. During the project's first phase, the company will use the system at its own wind farms, with roughly 200 MW of capacity in total.
Currently, Brazil occupies the ninth place in the ranking of wind energy producers. The country expects to reach the fifth position by 2020, according to the statement.