IMPSA Expands Investment in ANSYS Solutions for Wind Energy

Renewable energy equipment developer/manufacturer IMPSA is expanding its investment in ANSYS® (Nasdaq: ANSS) software to create innovative hydro and wind turbines, which will make the systems more efficient and, consequently, deliver improved customer satisfaction.

Headquartered in Argentina, IMPSA plans to apply the full range of ANSYS capabilities in complex multidisciplinary applications, including aerodynamic engineering, structural mechanics, fluids dynamics, noise prediction, design life, electric generators, and control and power electronics concerns.

"Simulation-driven product development is a key element of our R&D strategy, designed to enhance our global competitiveness, lower per-unit power generation cost and create superior customer value," said. Dr. Bernardo Beling, director of technology at IMPSA. "The breadth and depth of the ANSYS multiphysics-based portfolio coupled with ANSYS high-performance computing capabilities and dependable local support make the ANSYS solution unique in addressing our current and future design and analysis needs."

The renewable energy industry is fraught with engineering challenges due to a wide range of variables that go well beyond component design — including interactions at the system level as well as manufacturing, transportation, installation and operating behavior concerns. Traditional build-and-test approaches are expensive and time consuming, and they provide only limited insight into optimal designs. The coupled multiphysics capabilities of ANSYS engineering simulation software can help organizations to optimize the design of the entire application, whether the challenge is a small wind turbine or a large wind power project.

"As the wind farm and hydro turbine industry grows, it introduces advanced technology such as multi-axis designs, larger blades, gearless drives, new generators and controllers, and improved tower design. To achieve overall product integrity of turbines and their components, engineers must look at a total solution," said Ahmad Haidari, director of energy industry marketing at ANSYS.

"Using multiphysics technology from ANSYS, IMPSA can develop differentiating products that will meet the challenging requirements of renewable energy projects. The company’s expanded use of our portfolio proves that simulation can bring much value and innovation to an organization."

Engineering Simulation and Scientific Software (ESSS) Ltda., the ANSYS distribution and support channel partner in South America, worked closely with IMPSA on the sale and is instrumental in providing local support. "Our relationship with IMPSA has grown over the last decade, and we have responded to their growing trust in the ANSYS integrated portfolio with an increased level of engineering expertise, industry knowledge and technical support. With our new office in Cordoba, Argentina, we continue to expand our resources throughout South America to support ANSYS fluids, mechanical and electromagnetics solutions for customers in the energy sector as well as other markets in the region," said Marcus Reis, vice president of sales, support and services at ESSS.

IMPSA, Headquartered in Argentina, is a global company dedicated to producing integral solutions for the generation of electric power from renewable resources, components for nuclear power stations, and equipment for oil and gas processes. Nowadays, in addition to developing significant hydro projects worldwide, IMPSA is the biggest wind energy investor in South America.

With a broad understanding of its customers’ needs, IMPSA has developed an interesting product combination, organized in the following business units: IMPSA Wind, IMPSA Hydro, IMPSA Energy, IMPSA Nuclear and IMPSA Process. IMPSA offers a worldwide business network with offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, USA, Malaysia, China, Vietnam , India, and South Africa. Due to its effectiveness concerning value creation, the company holds a tradition backed by hundreds of projects around the world.

Engineering Simulation and Scientific Software Ltda., ESSS, founded in 1995, has built engineering simulation and computer science capabilities to deliver and support a wide range of mathematical modeling and numerical simulation solutions to a variety of industries, including oil and gas, mining, aerospace, automotive and electronics.

Headquartered in Florianopolis, Brazil, ESSS has offices throughout South America (Peru, Chile and Argentina) and distributes and supports ANSYS solutions along with complementary products. It also offers software training and customization. ESSS also develops vertical software solutions for the oil and gas industry.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers, designers, researchers and students across a broad spectrum of industries and academia. The company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation.

The company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pa., U.S.A., with more than 60 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,600 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in 40+ countries.