Initiatives with social and environmental impact stood out in the Product, Organization & Culture and Solutions categories at the International Innovation Award (IIA)
CTG Brasil, one of the leaders in clean energy generation in the country, once again had innovation and sustainability projects recognized by the International Innovation Award (IIA), one of the references in the recognition of innovative companies and solutions around the world. The projects ‘Prototype of Servo-Pneumatic Unit for Turbine Speed Regulation’ won the award, in the Product category; ‘Local Development of Sustainable Tourism’, in the Organization and Culture category; and ‘Disclosure of information through social media’, in the Solutions category.
“For the second consecutive year, we have projects being awarded by the IIA. For us, it is a recognition that our initiatives are really bringing innovative solutions and adding value to both the electricity sector and society, through sustainability, environmental preservation, local development and operational excellence”, says Carlos Nascimento, Research & Development manager at CTG Brasil.
In this edition, the IIA highlighted the company’s initiatives with strong social and environmental impact, developed within the Research and Development (R&D) program of the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL). Get to know each one of them:
Servo-pneumatic unit prototype for turbine speed regulation – This is a pneumatically driven speed regulation system for small turbines. It includes a set of pneumatic linear valves and actuators to control the speed of the generating unit. By using compressed air instead of oil, the system reduces the production of chemical waste and generates a clean operation, in addition to having an acquisition cost about 45% lower than that of conventional hydraulic equipment, simple installation and reduced maintenance . The solution was tested at the Salto Grande Hydroelectric Power Plant, under a concession from CTG Brasil, located on the Paranapanema river, between the states of São Paulo and Paraná.
Sustainable Tourism Local Development – The project studied, mapped and systematized application methodologies and social innovation solutions related to sustainable tourism, contributing to local development in the different regions of the participating projects. The idea was to discover and expand the offer of technologies, methodologies and innovations that respond to the needs and challenges of tourism in the areas of hydroelectric power plants and wind farms in Brazil. In addition to awarding the three winning projects of the Challenge for Innovations in Sustainable Tourism (Legal CO2 Tourism, Batuc Network and Rota da Liberdade), the initiative generated an unprecedented mapping of trends in sustainable tourism and associated technological and social innovation, contributing to expand the social and environmental benefits of the electricity sector.
Dissemination of information through social media – The project aims to structure tools and processes to expand the means of communication with the community on systems, plans and actions related to the operation of hydroelectric plants, such as the Emergency Action Plan (PAE) and Emergency Situation Operation System (SOSEm). The initiative establishes a more effective contact with external and internal audiences, through a digital platform called CTG Comunica, providing an active, agile and updated connection. Through the platform, the community can have access to important issues related to the operation and safety of CTG Brasil’s hydroelectric plants and better understand their role and participation in some processes.
In 2020, the “Macrophytes Monitoring System” project, developed by CTG Brasil at Usina Jupiá, was recognized in the Services & Solutions category by the IIA. The objective of the initiative is to create a tool that allows mapping and monitoring the displacement of aquatic plants in the reservoirs. Unprecedented in the electricity sector, the solution serves as a tool for prior planning of operations and its system provides for remote sensing with an alert module, including automated routines and a flexible interface, without interference from professionals for data processing.