Wind energy is the transformation of the kinetic energy of wind into mechanical energy. It is a clean energy and produces no pollutants. Moreover, it is permanently renewable, it is always available, after all, winds exist everywhere in the world – and that is why more and more has been said about this sector.

How Wind Energy Works

The process for “making” wind energy, consists of moving the wind on a large scale due to the heating of the atmosphere that is caused by solar irradiation. This wind is transformed into electrical energy by a wind turbine that moves its propellers according to the wind speed.

Wind turbines, also known as windmills, are placed in places where there is a lot of wind. These places usually have a large number of wind turbines and are known as ‘Windfarms’.

Wind Farm

Wind Energy in Brazil

Wind power is the second largest source of energy in Brazil. According to the Brazilian Wind Energy Association (ABEEólica), the installed capacity in the country reached the 16 GW mark in the first half of 2020. There are approximately 637 wind farms and 7,738 wind turbines.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finace (BNEF) data, the wind industry invested R$13, 6 billion in Brazil in 2019. The growth of this industry in the country is due to the fact that Brazilian wind is “quality”, with a capacity factor above the world average: 42.7% the Brazilian average, compared to 34% the world average.

With the increase in investment in wind energy in the country, the number of Wind Farms has also increased, and consequently the demand for companies specialized in the maintenance and repair of the equipment responsible for capturing and transforming wind into kinetic energy has risen.

Innovation has enabled wind turbines to generate more and more energy per unit in smaller and smaller sizes: today, a single generator has a capacity of over 4 MW. In this way, more power is extracted from these machines that occupy smaller physical spaces, which requires advanced techniques, materials, and engineering in the maintenance of these generators.

The companies that specialize in repairing this equipment need to invest in state-of-the-art technology, in highly trained professionals, and in flexibility and mobility to meet the demands of companies in the wind power segment.

Data Engenharia is one of these companies that stands out in the wind generator maintenance and repair segment in the country. Located in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte, the company has operated for more than 25 years in the sector of maintenance and repair of electric motors, generators, and high-voltage transformers, and today has established itself as one of the leaders in this market.

With wide experience in meeting demands from the steel, mining, oil and gas, cement, sugar and alcohol, paper and cellulose, and industrial segments, among others, Data Engenharia has also specialized in meeting the demands of the energy sector, in generation, transmission, and distribution. The company has patents at the INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property) in complex repair processes and is approved by the largest wind turbine manufacturers operating in Brazil.

Data Engenharia employee working on a wind tower.

With an eye to the future, the company has prepared itself with the best in technology for wind turbine maintenance. It offers analysis, monitoring, electrical testing, borescopy and up-tower repair services, all with strict security and agility.

The wind energy market is booming. Concerns about sustainability, the reduction of polluting gas emissions and the search for renewable resources point to the “energy that comes from the wind” as a promising solution for the energy industry. In addition, the reduction of environmental impacts and the various socioeconomic benefits promoted by the wind energy activity have conquered billionaire investments in the sector, and started the race for highly qualified services with better cost-benefits.