CPFL invests $865k in robot that inspects UHEs tunnels

CPFL Energia, in partnership with Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) and Fundação Casimiro Montenegro Filho (FCMF), has developed an underwater robot to inspect hydropower tunnels. The project has investments of R$ 4.5 million ($865k) and aims to provide more security to the operations of checking the structural integrity of inaccessible sites, ensuring the proper functioning of the plants.

Source: Canal Energia

Omega plans to build 1 GW of renewables in 2021

The Omega group is betting on the growth of renewable energy sources and plans to build about 1 gigawatt in
plants this year, in an aggressive course of portfolio expansion since its IPO in 2017. The 10-year PPA (power purchase agreement) will cover 100% of Bayer’s consumption in Brazil, supplying power to eight units as of 2024. It is estimated that the agreement will help avoid the emission of 100,000 tonnes of CO2. The volumes of energy and values involved in the contract were not disclosed.

Source: Valor International

Startup investment in 2020 was $3.8 bn

From 2011 to now, the number of startups has grown by an average of 100% per year and reached the 13,500 companies, according to the Brazilian Startups Association (Abstartups). Last year, the sector received R$ 19.7 billion ($3.8 bn) in investments, according to data from Abstartups. With the drop in the Selic rate, investors had to seek new ways to remunerate their capital, and venture capital funds – which invest in startups – became an option.

Source: UOL Economia

Azul invests over $288 mm in Campinas

The director of Azul Cargo, said that infrastructure is essential for competitiveness in the cargo transport business. According to the executive, last year the company invested about R$ 2 million ($385 mm) only in infrastructure of its cargo terminal at the airport of Viracopos, in Campinas (SP). The more agility we have in the processes, the more we can deliver, that is why we are investing another R$ 1.5 million ($288 mm) in Campinas this year.

Source: 6 Minutos

Aneel releases operation of 31.5 MW wind farm in Piauí

Aneel accepted Enel Green Power request and approved the commercial operation of ten wind turbines of the park Ventos de Santa Ângela 16, adding 31.5 MW of installed capacity in Lagoa do Barro do Piauí (PI). The agency also authorised the operation of a 4.2 MW turbine from the wind farm Serrote III, located in Trairi (CE), according to dispatches in the Official Journal of the Union.

Source: Canal Energia

I-REC certifies the first biogas plant in Brazil

I-REC Standard has registered its first biogas plant in Brazil, UTE Biogás Bonfim. The enterprise has 21 MW of installed capacity and is located in Guariba, in São Paulo. Altogether, the I-REC system has already certified 200 plants with renewable consumption in the country. Among the certified projects are wind, hydro, solar, biomass and now a biogas power plant. In Brazil, the certification is issued by Instituto Totum, which grants permission to issue and transfer I-RECs.

Source: Energia Hoje