Didier Frávega to target underperforming wind assets in Latin America

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Clir expands AI-based asset performance optimization platform into growing markets with Argentina-based technical sales hire

Clir Renewables, the leading provider of performance assessment software for wind energy, has announced the recruitment of Didier Frávega, formerly of Senvion and GE, as the firm expands the reach of its wind optimization platform across Latin America.

Didier brings more than a decade of experience of working in the Latin American wind industry to Clir, with previous roles as Technical Sales Manager at Senvion, Business Development Manager at Coral Energía, and Wind Technical Leader for Latin America at GE.

Wind power in Latin America has seen significant growth in the last decade, with over $18 billion invested in renewables last year alone and major new wind projects under development in in Brazil, México, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. However, a recent rollback in political support for renewables in the region has led project owners and investors to increase their focus on asset performance in order to secure greater certainty of the long-term financial viability of their projects.

Clir uses AI to power the in-depth analysis of data collected from more than 6 GW of wind assets globally, the environment surrounding each turbine, and the way in which these data sources interact to identify causes of underperformance and advise on actions to solve them. From Clir’s cloud-based platform, asset owners can access the information needed to optimize output across their portfolio and maximise financial returns.

Craig McCall, Chief Revenue Officer at Clir, commented: “There has been a massive boost in both investment and project development across Latin America over the past decade. However, in order to sustain profits in an increasingly uncertain market, project owners must optimize the performance of each of their assets.

“In order to better support project owners in understanding exactly what is holding their assets back, we are delighted to announce that Didier Frávega joined us this month. Didier has demonstrated his in-depth technical and industry expertise throughout his career, and his skill nurturing relationships with project owners across the Latin American wind industry will be invaluable to Clir’s outreach in the market.”

Commenting on his appointment, Didier said: “Clir has proved itself to be an industry cornerstone by working with asset owners across Europe and North America to overcome the financial challenges that come with uncertainty around political support for renewables.

“I am very much looking forward to supporting Clir in bringing the unparalleled insight into asset performance its AI-based platform provides to wind project owners in Latin America, where despite a boom in new project development, owners are seeing significantly lower returns than they should expect thanks to widespread asset underperformance.”