Power Generation Seminar and the challenges of Environmental Planning

Atlantic R&D has active participation in the event

The year of 2019 was defined by achievements and teachings that made all the difference for our company. Among them, the importance of discussing power generation strategies and carrying out environmental planning with emphasis on different energy sources. That explains the presence of Atlantic in the last Power Generation Seminar organized by APEAM – Associação Paranaense dos Engenheiros Ambientais – with the support of CREA-PR, held on November 21st 2019, at the FIEP Industry Campus in Curitiba – PR.

The event was attended by EPE – Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (Energy Research Company), an agency of the MME – Ministry of Mines and Energy, responsible for studies and research that subsidize the expansion planning of the energy sector, and reinforced the importance of considering the socio-environmental variable in the planning of the electricity sector for the medium and long term. Furthermore, it allowed the integration of different entities such as EPE, ANEEL, environmental agencies and civil society in a common goal: to optimize investments in the sector and minimize the impact of each alternative on the environment and society.

The speaker Eduardo Dias, manager of assets and R&D (Research and Development) at Atlantic, reinforced the importance of discussing the strategic planning of energy generation in addition to contextualizing the energy panorama in Brazil: “it is important for the country to have a robust and diversified matrix. Energy supply and energy security are drivers of several economic growth processes, being an extremely strategic sector for the country”. To him, Brazil has one of the cleanest energy matrices in the world with a great Hydro Thermal focus and, in recent years, wind energy has received a great prominence for its growth. “The trend is a migration to a Brazilian hydro-thermal-wind matrix,” he remarked.

On the renewable energy panorama, he said the country stands out for having large hydroelectric plants, a mature market for PCHs (small hydroelectric plants) and biomass thermal plants, and that the future points to an increase in solar and wind energy.

Eduardo also evaluated Atlantic’s position in the context of great opportunities for energy: “Atlantic is a leading company. Ten years ago, when we started investing, especially in wind power, it was a very uncertain market. I remember that external consultants did not believe in the capacity factors we calculated. Today, many of them praise the high performance of the wind farms”. According to him, the wind market is mature and, in this field, “we have been working on expansion through new projects and improving those already in operation, working on fine tuning”. Finally, he pointed out that future plans are confidential, but arose curiosity about the research of very innovative projects in still incipient markets, that the area has devoted itself to.