11 July 2018 2018 02:52 PM GMT

Vestas Expands Global Presence With 108 MW Order For 3 Wind Parks In Bolivia

Vestas has expanded its global presence further and has entered Bolivia with a 108 MW order for the three wind parks, San Julián, Warnes, and El Dorado, all located in the municipalities of Cocota, Warnes and Cabezas in Santa Cruz, central Bolivia. Upon completion, the three wind parks will have a capacity of 40 MW, 14 MW and 54 MW respectively and will make up the Santa Cruz wind project and have a total capacity of 108 MW, which is four times the country’s total currently installed wind capacity.

Because its large scale, the Santa Cruz wind project will significantly accelerate Bolivia’s journey towards phasing out fossil fuels and support the country’s ambitious climate goals, aiming at having 74 per cent of its electricity come from renewables by 2025.

The order is placed by ENDE (Electricity National Company), a Bolivian state-owned company managing electric energy generation, transmission, and distribution in the country. Additionally, the project is supported financially by the development cooperation, Danida, which is Denmark’s development cooperation under Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dedicated to fighting poverty through economic growth and promotion of human rights.

“The execution of this project together with an experienced partner like Vestas responds to the government’s aim to implement a more sustainable, clean and environmentally committed energy mix in the country. As of today, only thermoelectric energy is generated in the Santa Cruz department, so these three wind farms implementation will be transcendental to reduce CO2 emissions and to improve the environmental quality” says Engineer Rafael Alarcon, Minister of Energy, from ENDE.

“Vestas has pioneered more than 30 markets across the globe, and we are pleased to once again make our versatile and sound expertise in wind available to customers in a new market – this time Bolivia. With more than 4 GW installed in Latin America, Vestas plays a key role in supporting the continent’s green transition, and we will continue to work hard in order to deliver clean, competitive, and sustainable energy solutions to our customers in the future”, says Enric Català, Senior Director Sales LATAM, Vestas.

The order includes site construction supervision and an MV Collector system as well as supply and installation of 30 V136-3.45 MW delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimised Mode. Turbine delivery is expected for 2019 while commissioning and take over is planned for the next year.

Vestas is designs, manufactures, installs, and services wind turbines across the globe, and with 92 GW of wind turbines in 79 countries, it has installed more wind power than anyone else. Through its industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled 78 GW of wind turbines under service, it uses data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. It is one of the leading organisations in the global Wind sector. with more than 23,900 employees worldwide.

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Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

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

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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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