IBERDROLA said Aug. 12 that it has started construction on the 66-MW Pier II wind farm in Mexico, which is a project being pursued along with local partner Impulsora Latinoamericana de Energías Renovables (ILER).
Located in Puebla state, this will be the company’s fourth wind farm in Mexico and the first to be designed by IBERDROLA using supercomputing. This initiative confirms IBERDROLA’s commitment to Mexico, a strategic country for its future growth and one where it is the leading private electricity producer, with a capacity of over 5,200 MW, the company noted.
Pier II, located in the municipality of Esperanza, will be equipped with 33 Gamesa G97 wind turbines, each with a unit capacity of 2 MW. Developing this new infrastructure will require the investment of about US$120m.
One of the major aspects of Pier II is that it was the first wind farm to be designed by IBERDROLA using supercomputing, with a system called SEDAR (Spanish acronym for High Resolution Wind Power Simulation) developed along with the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS).
This innovative computer system allows a user to position the wind turbines in the locations with the best potential for producing energy by performing an analysis that takes the entire life cycle of the facility into account. MareNostrum, the leading supercomputer in Spain and one of the most powerful in the world, was used for this work.
From now on, IBERDROLA said it expects to use supercomputing in designing all of its wind power facilities at locations featuring complex terrain. This is the case with the Pier II facility, which will be erected at an altitude of about 2,500 meters.
Project partner ILER is one of the leading developers of wind power facilities in the country. Its shareholders include the Mexican multinational group MABE and a Spanish engineering firm, Apia XXI. IBERDROLA and ILER have entered into an agreement to build up to 366 MW of projects together in the years to come.
By the time the Puebla complex is up and running, IBERDROLA will be managing a wind power capacity of almost 600 MW in Mexico. IBERDROLA already has an installed wind capacity of 230 MW in the country, at three wind farms in the state of Oaxaca:
- La Venta III, municipality of Santo Domingo de Ingenio, 102 MW;
- La Ventosa, locality of Juchitán de Zaragoza, 102 MW; and
- Bee Nee Stipa, municipality of Espinal, 26 MW.
The two wind farms with the highest capacity, La Venta III and La Ventosa, were built by subsidiary IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA. The company’s three wind facilities in Mexico are equipped with technology from Gamesa.