Petrobras and WEG, a global Brazilian electronics equipment company, have signed a strategic partnership for the joint development of a 7 megawatt (MW) onshore wind turbine, the first of this size - and larger - to be manufactured in Brazil. Petrobras will invest R$130 million in the project, which is already underway by WEG.
The agreement covers the development of technologies to manufacture the wind turbine components - suitable for the country's wind conditions - as well as the construction and testing of a prototype, with technical and commercial counterparts for Petrobras. WEG expects the equipment to be produced in series from 2025.
Petrobras points out that the project represents an important milestone for the company, as it will increase its knowledge of wind energy technology, as well as contributing to boosting the energy transition in Brazil, in partnership with a company that stands out in innovation for developing solutions in energy efficiency, renewable energies and electric mobility.
In addition to its role in the expansion of national onshore wind energy, the development of this 7 MW wind turbine will have a positive impact on the future of offshore wind energy in Brazil.
"As Petrobras accumulates experience and knowledge in the production of high-capacity onshore wind turbines, it is paving the way for the development of larger wind turbines, which will be used in offshore generation projects. In this journey, the transition to offshore wind energy offers opportunities to exploit the vast wind potential off the coast of the country," said Petrobras president Jean Paul Prates.
To illustrate the weight of the equipment, the wind turbine will be 220 meters high from the ground to the tip of the blade - equivalent to the height of six statues of Christ the Redeemer - and 1830 tons in weight - corresponding to the weight of about 1660 popular cars or 44 Boeing 737s.
The agreement also leverages the development of state-of-the-art wind turbines. "This project is a crucial step towards the development of a new generation of offshore wind energy equipment, which has great potential for expansion off the Brazilian coast. The experience we will gain from the development of these wind turbines will help us to achieve this.
will help us to further exploit the opportunities of our wind resources, contributing to the diversification of our energy matrix and the reduction of our carbon footprint", commented Petrobras' Director of Engineering, Technology and Innovation, Carlos José Travassos.
"More than ever, the transition to renewable energy sources is fundamental to meeting the challenges of climate change and building a more sustainable and fair future for Petrobras and future generations. Our partnership with WEG is proof of our commitment to this cause," emphasized Petrobras' Director of Energy Transition and Sustainability, Maurício Tolmasquim.
"Through this partnership with Petrobras, we are bringing together experience, resources and knowledge to boost national research and development of wind turbines, reinforcing WEG's commitment to the generation of renewable energy and the development of cutting-edge national technology," explained WEG's Superintendent Director of Energy, João Paulo Gualberto da Silva. About WEG
Founded in 1961, WEG is a global electrical and electronic equipment company that operates in the capital goods sector with a focus on motors, gearboxes and electric drives, generators and power transformers, products and systems for electrification, automation and digitalization. WEG stands out in innovation by constantly developing solutions to meet the major trends in energy efficiency, renewable energies and electric mobility.
With industrial operations in 15 countries and a commercial presence in more than 135 countries, the company has more than 40,000 employees worldwide. In 2022, WEG achieved net sales of R$29.9 billion, 50.3% of which came from sales outside Brazil.
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