The first stage of the Atlas Eólico Mexicano (Mexican Wind Atlas) project was launched with an investment of 34.6 million pesos, through which precise data on wind temperature and wind speed will be showcased, announced the Secretariat of Energy (Sener).
The federal agency said that the inauguration of this first stage was carried out on February 15, at the Technological Institute of Tepexi de Rodríguez, in the state of Puebla, Central Mexico.
The project is being coordinated by the National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energies (Instituto Nacional de Electricidad y Energías Limpias: INEEL), with the participation of the General Direction of Clean Energies of the Sener, the Management of Projects of Civil Engineering (GEIC) of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
“This project also has the collaboration of the Technical University of Denmark through the Technical Cooperation Agreement that Mexico has signed with that European country”, the Energy Secretariat mentioned in a statement.
This stage of the Mexican Wind Atlas has received the financial support of the Fund for Energy Transition and the Sustainable Use of Energy (FOTEASE) with an investment of 34.6 million pesos.
It basically consists on the installation and operation of seven 80 meter high towers equipped with anemometers, pyrometers, lightning rods, photovoltaic solar panels and satellite link equipment to send precise data of temperature and wind speed.
These data will have a mesh resolution of four to 10 kilometers and will be sent in 10-minute time slots, which will be processed in software developed at the Technical University of Denmark.
“This will strengthen the information and develop the capacity of the exploitation of Mexico’s wind resources in large, medium and small-scale power generation, including the dedicated valuation of the wind resource and location tools for the purposes of planning”, the statement added.
The towers are operating strategically in the States of Puebla (Tepexi de Rodríguez); Yucatán (Mérida); Tamaulipas (San Fernando); Baja California (La Rumorosa); Chihuahua (Cd. Cuauhtémoc); Oaxaca (Juchitán, Certe-Inel) and Jalisco (Ojuelos), to which new sites will be added that will carry out measurements until mid-2020.
This initiative seeks to offer society in general, developers of wind projects and investors, an accessible and free platform, validated under the accepted standards by the international wind industry on the wind resource available in Mexico, which will accelerate investments in the development of wind farms in our country.