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Wind power research and training centre planned for Brazil

Firm Eletrosul involved in plan to create research and training centre to build qualified workforce for wind power manufacturing industry in Rio Grande do Sul

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The research and training centre will provide courses to develop a workforce for Brazil’s wind power manufacturing industry

Plans are underway to create a wind power research and training centre in Brazil, according to reports. Power companies in Brazil, including Eletrosul, have signed agreements to create the Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Energia Eólica do Sul (CPDEO-Sul) wind power research centre. It aims to train workers for the wind power sector in Brazil's southern state Rio Grande do Sul.

The group includes the union of wind power companies of Rio Grande do Sul (Sindieolica), the city of Rio Grande, the renewable energy promotion NGO Instituto Ideal and three universities, Recharge reports. It said the group aims to hold meetings to define details of activities, including possible wind power training courses and interaction with universities.

The training courses are reported to aim to prepare and develop a workforce qualified for Brazil's wind power manufacturing industry and wind farm operators.

Wind power manufacturing in Brazil has seen significant development over the past few months. Swiss power and automation technology firm ABB opened its fifth factory in Brazil in March this year, which will manufacture wind power equipment for projects across Latin America. The plant is part of a USD 200m investment to expand ABB’s technology development and production capacity to serve increasing domestic demand from industries, including the wind power sector in Brazil. 

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, said: “As one of the world’s leading economies, Brazil is a key market for ABB. We are very pleased to continue to support Brazil’s economic growth through infrastructure and industrialisation projects.”