In addition to managing energy generation for other plants, we also produce our own wind power.
Wind power is generated when the wind kinetic energy is transformed into electrical energy in a turbine. Our wind turbines are connected to the national power grid and capable of supplying energy equivalent to the consumption of more than 400 thousand households.
Wind power comes from a clean, renewable source. It does not produce greenhouse gases and uses a small area to install turbines. The enviromental impacts are substantially lower than other energy sources.
We believe in this source of energy. The Ventos do Piaui I and Ventos do Araripe III Complexes, located in the Northeast region of Brazil, are composed of 21 wind farms. We did not stop: We are investing about R$2 billions in the construction of complexes Ventos do Piaui II and III, adding another 10 wind farms to the existing complex. They are located in one of the most efficient regions in the world to generate wind power.
Roughly 90% of all energy produced on our wind farms goes to companies and homes throughout the country that purchase energy in the Captive Market, with the remainder going to clients in the Wholesale Energy Market .
We are responsible for making hydroelectric and wind energy production possible in 56 projects across the country. Only in the Votorantim Group there are 35 hydroelectric plants, while Votorantim Energia manages 21 wind farms.
Bringing the experience of the group in the name, Votorantim Energia can practice one of the lower costs and operating expenses of the sector, guaranteeing competitiveness for the companies under its management.
We are working to see the growth of wind power production in Brazil.
We are working to bring sustainable, viable assets to the marketplace
Wind power is produced by harnessing wind. Turbine propellers are put into motion by the wind, powering an electrical generator, generating abundant, clean and renewable wind power.
This source of power has been in use for more than 3 thousand years. In its earliest forms, there were mills that drained water, ground grain and performed other activities, though, to a certain extent, they depended on mechanical power. Over time, they began to employ wind power to generate both mechanical and electrical energy. Technological progress has enabled the creation of wind turbines and, thus, greater and greater amounts of energy were produced, leading to the opening of the first wind farms.
Following the international oil crisis, in the 1970s, interest and investment in wind power grew to the point that equipment capable of providing power on a large scale became viable.
The first commercial wind turbine connected to a public electrical grid was installed in Denmark in 1976. Currently, there are more than 30 thousand operational wind turbines worldwide. In Brazil, the first wind turbine was installed on the island of Fernando de Noronha, in the state of Pernambuco, in 1992. At the time, wind energy accounted for about 10% of the energy generated and consumed on the island. The wind turbine saved 70 thousand liters of diesel fuel per year.