Odilon Camargo started his career developing software to optimize the aerodynamics and design of wind rotor blades. That was in 1976, when he was at the 4th year of Aeronautical Engineering in the Brazilian prestigious Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáuitica, ITA.
Who We Are
In 1980, Camargo was in DLR-Stuttgart, where he designed the rotor blade of the German-Brazilian joint wind turbine project DEBRA 25,
a 100kW, 25m diameter downwind rotor.
In 1986, after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the German wind energy market was born of a government incentive programm. The DEBRA project was transferred to the industry Köster Maschinenfabrik and became one of the first wind turbines in that pioneering German wind market.
In 1987 back to Brazil, Camargo conducted the first wind resource assessment of the Brazilian Northeast for CHESF, the regional utility. That work revealed the now famous and outstanding wind resource of central Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará.
In 1991, Camargo and Ekkehard Schubert, his former sailplane pilot instructor, founded CAMARGO SCHUBERT Wind Engineering. Both aeronautical engineers shared a common passion for the practical knowledge of the real atmosphere movements caused by thermal effects, orography, thermal stability and mesoscale influences. Schubert has been the Brazilian Soaring Champion 10 times, and for many decades the manager and industrial director at the aircraft manufacturer EMBRAER.
In 2001, CAMARGO SCHUBERT concluded the Brazilian Wind Resource Atlas. It was the first mapping of such a huge area (8.5 million sq.km) made with mesoscale modelling. Using contrasting 256 colour levels, each pixel represented the long-term annual wind resource of area elements 1km x 1km, including the effects of local orography, roughness and mesoscale effects (sea breezes, mountain-valley breezes and katabatic winds).
The Atlas has been confirmed as a reliable engineering tool and the most influential factor to accelerate the cost reduction and establishment of wind energy in Brazil: it led the developers and investors to the best areas in the country, so that the auction system inaugurated by Brazil in 2009 started with the lowest cost for wind, competing with other local available energy sources like the traditional hydro, small hydro, sugar cane biomass and natural gas.
Since 1987, Camargo has travelled more than 60.000 km in Brazil, from extreme south and Uruguay to Roraima, screening for wind sites and orienting installation of met masts, collecting wind data, selecting the best areas for wind farm projects.
CAMARGO SCHUBERT has provided consultancy for ca. 54% of the main investors and developers of wind farms in Brazil.
Since 1999, CAMARGO SCHIBERT has been mapping with increasing accuracy and resolution the main states in Brazil:
Paraíba - 20017
Brazilian wind energy market has been driven by very competitive auctions since 2009, and unforgiving PPAs. Accuracy in estimating energy yield is mandatory.
And the best wind resources in Brazil are in complex terrain subject to contrasting day/night thermal influences on atmosphere stability.