Paris, November 30, 2011 — Alstom will establish a Global Hydro Technology Centre in Brazil, with a special focus on Kaplan turbines. The company will invest around $8 million in this initiative.
The Global Technology Centre will be capable to manufacture all electromechanical equipment for hydropower plants for Brazil and export. Alstom holds around 40 percent of the hydropower solutions market in Brazil.
The Global Technology Centre at Taubatàƒ© will focus on Kaplan solutions for Alstom Hydro worldwide and will be composed of an R&D team and a test rig. The R&D team of the Global Technology Centre will start its activities in Taubatàƒ© early 2012 and the test rig is expected to be operational on mid 2013.
R&D specialists from France will work together with Brazilians during the first years of implementation. After this transition period, it is expected to have only Brazilian professionals, improving national know-how and investing in local empowerment.
The test rig of the center will be prepared to test Kaplan turbines for projects located mainly in Brazil and Asia and will research and develop Kaplan projects. Brazil is responsible for 45 percent of the future worldwide Kaplan market and 80 percent together with Asia.
Alstom is already active on the Brazilian Kaplan turbines market and recently signed a contract to Santo Antonio do Jari project, for a power plant located in North region of Brazil. Alstom has successful references in Brazil such as Porto Primavera with CESP. In China, the company has successfully implemented the Long Kou project, which works well since almost 2 years.
Kaplan turbines are ideal to low head hydraulic projects (up to 60 meters) and is capable to adapt itself to the amount of water in the river, which allows production all over the year, in the periods of full or even low capacity.