In 2021 a total of 126 MW was installed in Portugal through two new wind farms and overplanting capacity procedures. By the end of 2021, 5,628 MW was operating in the country, corresponding to 37% of the national total renewable operational capacity.
The wind-based electrical energy in 2021 was 13.27 TWh, meeting 26% of the country’s electricity demand.
Renewable electricity production in 2021 reached 65% of the national consumption, a small increase when compared to the previous year. On 31 October 2021, between 01:00 to 07:45h, Portugal (Mainland) met 100% of its electricity needs with wind energy during several periods. The instantaneous electricity demand met by wind energy during this period was 108%. Values above 100% were also observed for some hours on 27th December 2021.
The main R&D project tasks were ongoing as expected. Project Carbo4Power provided an innovative design of a modular rotor offshore blade, while project PivotBuoy unveiled the new prototype of the floating offshore wind turbine. Project Atlantis performed the first scenario test on robotics to inspect a turbine tower and blades at Viana do Castelo.
Please review Portugal’s chapter in the 2021 Annual Report.