03.01.2014

Science will fund projects to help diversify the national energy matrix

Through funding five projects, the ministry of Science promotes the development of domestic technology for the use of alternative energy.

Science will fund projects to help diversify the national energy matrix

Wind Turbines [Photo: INPROTUR]

The National Agency for Science and Technology Promotion under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation has granted more than $ 75 million in subsidies to five projects submitted by public private consortiums, aimed at developing domestic technology for harnessing wind energy and diversification of the energy matrix. Along with the contributions made by the companies and institutions involved in each consortium to pursue initiatives the investment amounts to more than $ 157 million.

The initiative "Development project, prototype design and series manufacturing of wind turbines components of high power electricity" will receive a subsidy of $ 23,594,496. The project aims at serial production of major parts for wind turbines, including high quality, low maintenance and high durability generators (turbines). The initiative will be taken forward by a public-private consortium comprising the National University of La Plata (UNLP), the Ministry of Production, Science and Technology of the province of Buenos Aires, the administrative body of the Astillero Río Santiago and the Company Metalúrgica Calviño S.A. The comprehensive management of the project will be the responsibility of the Ministry of Production, the UNLP will provide expertise in the areas of mechanical engineering and aerodynamics, the Astillero Rio Santiago will contribute with its large scale production capacity and the Metalúrgica Calviño will provide knowledge of the wind energy sector and experience in manufacturing large-sized equipment.

The project entitled "National Development of wind turbines blades" will be carried out by a public-private consortium composed by the National University of La Plata (UNLP), the Municipality of Cutral Co and the companies INVAP S.E. and ITP Argentina S.A. A subsidy of $ 22,233,606 was granted to the approved initiative to launch a technology platform for the development and domestic production of high power wind turbine blades. Two prototypes for bench testing and three prototypes to test its operation were designed. The design, calculation, modeling, manufacturing engineer (molds and tooling) stages, manufacturing and testing processes will be conducted.

Moreover, a private public consortium composed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of the province of Mendoza and the companies EMESA and Industrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona SA (IMPSA) will receive $ 17,546,640 for the Project entitled “Design, development and manufacture of high power wind turbines”. The main purpose of the initiative is to produce a prototype of the Unipower wind turbine (patented by IMPSA) with enhancements representing a significant technological advance. A test bench for testing prototypes, training of highly skilled human resources and the creation of a wind power sector in the company EMESA are planned. Aditionally, the wind resource will be measured in the province of Mendoza with the ultimate goal of mapping and assessing the creation of a wind farm in the province.

A subsidy of $ 6,162,613 will be also granted to the project entitled "comprehensive maintenance service of mills" which will be implemented by a consortium composed by the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) and the company Centro de Maquinado Metalúrgico S.R.L. The aim of the initiative is to develop a comprehensive repair and maintenance service of large wind turbines with manufacturing capacity of spare parts needed for such purposes. Currently, this service is rendered in the country by foreign firms with imported spare parts. The national production of spare parts will not only replace imports, but generate the capacity to implement innovative improvements in gearboxes, brake systems, orientation control, failure analysis and evaluation of operating parameters, among others, to suit the geographical and wind conditions of our country.

Finally, the initiative "Development and implementation of a model factory that will produce high power wind turbine towers" submitted by a private public consortium composed of the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI), the Rafaela delegation and the metallurgical company SICA Argentina S.A. will receive a subsidy of $ 5.78 million. The initiative aims at making the SICA metallurgical company a national, stable and competitive supplier of wind turbines, which will be validated dimensionally during the real time process through dispositive created and calibrated by the National Institute of Industrial Technology of Rafaela. The company will bring the "know how" recently forged in designing and prototyping of wind towers for wind turbines of 2.1 MW, establishing a model manufacturing process.

The projects, which will have an 18 and 48 month execution period, were approved in the framework of the call “Fund of Sector Technological Innovation of Energy 2013 - Development and manufacture of high power wind turbines”, managed by the Argentinean Sector Fund (FONARSEC) in the scope of the Agency.

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