December 13 (Renewables Now) - Brazilian utility Furnas inaugurated on Tuesday the country's first wind tunnel and the firm's Aerodynamics Laboratory, dedicated to research in the feasibility of future wind projects.
The new structure is located in Aparecida de Goiania and required BRL 5 million (USD 1.29m/EUR 1.14m) in investments. There it will be possible to verify the best wind conditions and offer investors the chance to evaluate tower structures, equipment and how the ground behaves during energy production.
Furnas' Superintendent of New Businesses Development, Luiz Eduardo Marques Moreira, believes that one of the wind sector's trends is increasing the distance between the wind turbine generators and the ground, making the stability and security of these structures a key issue when it comes to the efficiency of future projects.
The wind tunnel is 27 metres long, divided into three main parts -- collector, test chamber and diffuser. Its fan has 250 of horse power (HP) and 900 revolutions per minute (RPM).
The Aerodynamics Laboratory will focus on the feasibility, operations, optimisation, maintenance, repowering and decommissioning of wind farms.
Furnas also plans to invest BRL 5 billion by 2022 to increase the share of wind energy in its mix by 1,000 MW, it noted.
(BRL 1 = USD 0.26/EUR 0.23)