Siemens invests in production of converters in Brazil

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced another important investment in its industrial structure in Brazil. The company inaugurated a new production area for converters in its current factory in Camaçari. With this milestone, SGRE is the first manufacturer capable of producing 100% of its converters in Brazil, considerably improving its competitive position in the country.

The new production line of converters will be part of the current manufacturing complex, which already produces hubs and nacelles, located in the Camaçari petrochemical Polo. In 2018, Siemens Gamesa Brazil produced nacelles and hubs for the local market and exported hubs to several countries in Latin America. The start of operations will be in mid-August 2019, when the company also celebrates the completion of the first wind turbines SG 2.6-114 and SG 3.4-132 produced in Brazil.

“The investment of Siemens Gamesa in the location of its wind turbines reinforces our commitment to the Brazilian wind market and the development of the local economy of Camaçari and its community,” explains Roberto Prida, onshore administrative director of Siemens Gamesa Brazil. “We are committed to providing clean and renewable energy to people in Bahia, Brazil and other countries, and this investment allows us to offer even more affordable and economical solutions,” the executive said.

“Siemens Gamesa is now the second largest wind turbine manufacturer in the country, with 22% market share,” says Miguel Garcia Dam, industrial director of Siemens Gamesa in Brazil. “We have 3.1 GW of installed turbine capacity, and this number should increase, considering the advantages of local wind turbine manufacturing,” says Garcia. He also stressed that the turbine SG 3.4-132 received the BNDES FINAME certification at the beginning of 2019, guaranteeing buyers the opportunity to obtain competitive financing from the federal Development Bank.

With 15.1 GW of installed capacity of wind energy, Brazil is the most advanced eolic market in Latin America, according to the latest report by the Global Wind Energy Council, which also highlights that the country is on the right track for stable growth until 2023. In the first half of 2019, Bahia became the state with the highest installed capacity of wind energy. To achieve this milestone, R $13.7 billion was invested in 10 years. In addition, more than 40000 direct jobs were created during the construction phase of the 147 wind farms in operation. These plants have an installed capacity of 3,730 MW and benefit 23 cities of the state.

“Renewable energy is one of the most important economic sectors for the Government of Bahia and Siemens Gamesa is one of the main companies in this sector. This new investment will increase the competitiveness of Bahia to attract new projects of wind energy “, explains Paulo Guimarães, superintendent of attraction of investments and fostering the economic development of the Secretariat of Economic Development Of the state of Bahia.

The production of converters will meet the demand of turbines of current and future customers. The power converters are used with the generator to transform the mechanical energy into electric power. Before, the converters were acquired from qualified suppliers, who manufactured the equipment according to the specifications of Siemens Gamesa.

About Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Siemens Gamesa is a global leader in the wind energy sector, with a strong presence in all aspects of eolic business: offshore, onshore and services. Through its advanced digital capabilities, the company offers one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios, as well as industry-leading service solutions, helping to make clean energy more accessible and reliable.

With more than 95 GW of installed capacity around the world, Siemens Gamesa manufactures, installs and maintains wind turbines in the onshore and offshore segments. Your order portfolio is €25.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Spain and operates on the Spanish Stock Exchange (in the Ibex-35 index).

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