Recognized for its imposing towers, wind power has developed enormously in recent years in the national territory. But what is the history of this type of systems in Chile? In IGNOUS, we explain it to you.
What is Eolic energy?
Using the force of the wind, this system generates renewable energy through wind turbines, where the blades of the towers generate kinetic energy, and then it’s transformed into mechanical energy.
These wind turbines can be installed both on solid ground and on the sea floor. In the same way, there are two types of turbines: with horizontal and with vertical axis, the first being the most common in our country.
How did wind energy appear in Chile?
In November of 2001, in the Region of Aysén, the first industrial wind farm was born, located in Alto Baguales, with the capacity to generate 2 MW thanks to its three rotors. However, it wasn’t until 2007, when the Canela I Wind Farm (Region of Coquimbo) began its operations, that this type of energy began to be explored in depth, since it was the first to be linked to the Central interconnected System (SIC), thanks to its 11 1.65MW generators.
Nowadays, almost 20 years after its first appearance, Chile has 651 towers throughout the country, which generate 1.426 MW, 6% of the national energy, according to the Open Energy study of the Ministry of Energy.
What is the impact on the environment?
Wind energy is considered renewable thanks to its origins, which transform wind into an inexhaustible energy source. So far, no harmful emissions to the atmosphere caused by this system have been determined and their generation doesn’t contribute to the greenhouse effect or climate changes.
In addition, its generation capacity is similar to a large-scale photovoltaic park, so the visual and soil impact is minimal.
How is the maintenance of the towers and blades done?
At IGNOUS, we have a first level wind farm inspection and maintenance service. The inspection through our RPAS or drones assures our customers the complete revision of their wind turbines, allowing the location of friction zones and thus prevent breakage due to wear and tear.
In addition, this format is a safe tool, both for the company and for its workers, since it doesn’t involve workers climbing the towers. Thus, the trained team of IGNOUS is responsible for maneuvering the drone in any of the necessary points to obtain accurate and detailed information, in a much shorter time.
In this way, with our inspection service you ensure:
- Detailed information on the status and working conditions.
- Lower monetary and time cost compared to traditional operations.
- Workers’ safety.
- Data needed to make decisions about the company.