22 June 2018 2018 09:15 AM GMT

Growth Of Renewables In Peru As Enel Opens Largest Wind Farm In Country

Enel is now Peru’s leading renewable energy generator with around 1.1 GW of installed capacity following the commissioning of Wayra I which, with more than 132 MW, is Peru’s largest wind farm currently in full service. Wayra I, which is operated by Enel’s local renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power Peru (“EGPP”) and located in Marcona, in the Ica Region, is also the Group’s first Peruvian wind farm. Enel invested more than 165 million US dollars in the construction of this wind facility, in line with the investment outlined in its Strategic Plan.

“With the entry into service of Wayra I, which follows the commissioning of solar plant Rubì, Enel Green Power has now completed and connected to the grid around 94% of the capacity awarded in Peru’s fourth public renewables tender, delivering on schedule on the committed targets and becoming a sector leader in the country. This is just a first step for scaling up renewables in Peru,” said Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division Enel Green Power (EGP).

The new wind farm, which was built in around one year and comprises 42 wind turbines of over 3 MW each, is expected to produce approximately 600 GWh per year, enough to avoid the annual emission of over 285,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The energy generated by the wind farm is being delivered to the Peruvian transmission grid (SEIN) through the Poroma substation. The project is supported by a 20-year energy supply contract with Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines.

From January 2018 to date, EGP has connected six renewable plants to grids around the world, including Wayra I, exceeding 1000 MW of installed capacity.

EGP Peru has implemented several initiatives to support local businesses and communities, including environmental monitoring by local associations and institutions. The construction site of Wayra I applied Enel’s Sustainable Construction Site model, which includes both the measuring of the project’s socio-environmental impact and actions aimed at incorporating the rational use of resources, such as through a waste recycling project repurposing the construction site’s wooden pallets to produce eco-friendly furniture.

The Wayra I construction site used a CO2-free nanotechnology wastewater treatment plant powered by a small wind turbine with a battery storage system. This innovative plant, one-of-a-kind across the Enel Group, filters wastewater through a series of ceramic membranes with BioGill-patented nanotechnology, which allows bacteria to purify water in a natural way. This technology allowed EGPP to reuse approximately 350 cubic metres of water during the wind farm’s construction works hence saving water while avoiding the emission of around 1.64 tonnes of CO2 by reducing the use of motor vehicles for mud removal.

Enel is present in the Peruvian renewables sector through EGPP, which operates the 180 MW Rubí solar plant in Moquegua as well as Wayra I and through Enel Generación Perú, which operates seven hydro plants for a total capacity of approximately 790 MW. Enel is the only player operating renewable plants of three different technologies in Peru: hydro, solar and wind power.

The Enel Group operates 2.3 GW of total installed capacity in Peru through Enel Generación Piura as well as EGPP and Enel Generación Perú. The Group also operates in the country’s distribution sector through Enel Distribución Perú, which serves around 1.4 million customers in Lima Region.

Enel Green Power, the renewable energies division of the Enel Group, is dedicated to the development and operation of renewables across the world, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of around 42 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants.

September 20th 2018
Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

September 22nd 2018
MHI Vestas Signs Firm Order for Largest MW Project in Company History

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will supply 90 of its flagship V164-9.5 MW turbines for the 860 MW Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm project; its largest MW project to date. MHI Vestas celebrated the financial close of the deal with innogy, at the site, confirming the project as the largest (MW) in the history of the turbine company. Affirming its strengthening position in the UK offshore wind market, the Danish-Japanese joint venture will supply 90 of the world’s most powerful commercially available turbine, the V164-9.5 MW, and has agreed on a comprehensive 5-year O&M agreement.

September 29th 2018
IRENA: Innovation Front and Centre, As Leaders Shape the Future Energy System

Participants from more than 80 countries explored the disruptive innovations in digitalisation and decentralisation that are transforming energy systems around the world. Remarkable cost reductions driven by technological innovation and an increasingly conducive policy environment have made renewable energy increasingly competitive with conventional fuels in many parts of the world. In parallel, innovations such as the Internet of Things, blockchain, artificial intelligence, smart charging of electric vehicles, and hydrogen power and storage are making energy systems increasingly integrated and flexible and are supporting the transition to a renewable-powered future.

September 21st 2018
Ingeteam Develops New Optimal Offshore Power Conversion Architecture

Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion and turbine control equipment, has announced that a recent in-house R&D study allowed them to work out the optimal electrical power conversion designs for offshore wind turbines up to 15 MW. The research, taking into account the complex set of parameters at play in LCoE, enabled it to develop a Medium Voltage Power Converter reaching up to the 15 MW power range. Ingeteam claims that its new design is the ideal solution for scaling up offshore turbine platforms and will present its converter and the associated research at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg next month.

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