Like mountain passes and the central plains in the U.S., many locations in Brazil are so windy they’re ideally suited for wind power generation. But Brazil’s winds are also unique enough that G.E. has just launched a new wind turbine designed specifically for the country.

Wind patterns in Brazil tend to be strong but steady, without the turbulence that’s common in other places. The new Brazilian wind turbine was designed to capture a large amount of wind, but because of the lack of turbulence, it didn’t need to be capable of withstanding the same stresses as a typical wind turbine. The design allows the turbines to be 8 percent more efficient, so fewer turbines are needed to generate the same amount of energy.

Wind power is growing quickly in Brazil. Right now, there are around 1,400 MW of installed wind power in Brazil, and the country is predicted to add 32 gigawatts over the next five years (to put that in perspective, one gigawatt can power between 750,000 and a million homes in the U.S.). The strong market has drawn in companies like G.E., which secured contracts last years for projects that will product 1.4 gigawatts of electricity. G.E. has already installed 300 turbines in Brazil.

With hydropower providing about half of Brazil’s electricity now, the country may have a power grid that’s 100 percent free of fossil fuels by 2050.

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