Brazil's wind power growth may trip over grid hurdles - report

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September 8 (SeeNews) - Brazil's wind power sector growth can come to a halt over problems with grid connection to the country's transmission lines, said the author of Brazil's wind atlas, Odilon Camargo.

Grid connection is a bottleneck for the expansion of wind power, especially without lines properly connecting the northeast to the southeast, Odilon told news agency Agencia Brasil.

India and China also suffer from delayed grid connection, but in Brazil it  is more obvious since the pace of building a wind energy project is faster.

A study conducted by the expert indicates that within 30 years the affluent in Brazil's reservoirs has varied greatly, ranging almost 80%, because of the amount of rain. Odilon said, as quoted by Agencia Brasil, this situation does not occur with the winds, that have a variation of up to 10%, depending on location.

Odilon has also developed wind atlas for the states of Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Parana, Espirito Santo, Bahia, Alagoas, Rio Grande do Norte and Ceara.

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