Another major announcement made by AREVA today that underscores the growth and future of renewable energy generation. AREVA and Bolognesi Participacoes, through its subsidiary Hidrotérmica, a Brazilian independent power producer, have signed a master agreement to modernize cogeneration units in 10 sugarcane factories, located primarily in northeast Brazil.
AREVA Koblitz, an AREVA subsidiary, will supply turnkey services for the units as part of the agreement. These 10 unites that will generate 330 MWe energy that will be sold to the Brazilian grid.
A first unit is already under construction and the other nine will be launched during the second half of 2010.
Anil Srivastava, CEO of AREVA Renewables, stressed: “This deal strengthens our position as leader in engineering services for the global bioenergy market. Today, we are building more than 800 MWe of biomass and hydro production, with orders for an additional 750 MWe in hand. This is further evidence of the bioenergy market’s trust in our ability to meet its rapidly expanding needs”.
Currently, AREVA has engineering teams working for the bioenergy market here in the United States through a joint-venture with Duke Energy called ADAGE. More information on ADAGE and energy generation from biomass can be found here.