CTG Brasil projects receive international innovation award

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.

Previous edition

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.

CTG Brasil has 100% of its operations certified in four international standards

Practices in Asset Management, Environment, Quality, and Health and Safety were recognized and certified by ISO standards, placing the company among the leaders in the certification of power generation parks in Brazil

CTG Brasil, one of the leaders in clean energy generation in Brazil, went through an external audit and obtained the ISO certifications that establish international standards for practices in Asset Management, Environment, Quality, and Health and Safety. The certifications cover the 14 hydroelectric plants operated by the company and place the company among the leaders in the certification of energy generation parks in Brazil for these normative references.

The Vanzolini Foundation audits certified that CTG Brasil’s operations are in compliance with ISO 55001 (asset management), ISO 45001 (health and safety management), ISO 14001 (environmental management), and ISO 9001 (quality management). The corporate and local processes related to operation, maintenance and administration for power generation were also audited and are part of the scope of the certifications.

The manager of CTG Brasil’s Integrated Management System, Jacques Vigato, reinforces that the achievement is the result of intense work that began more than 2 years ago with the objective of implementing an integrated management system, including the ISO 55001 Asset Management, with process improvement and alignment with the purpose and values of the company. During this period, the action plans involved more than 30 managers and 350 professionals and partners directly.

“Besides reinforcing our protagonism, the certifications are a recognition of our practices in Asset Management, Environment, Quality, and Health and Safety. We seek to improve our actions and excel every day, always focusing on continuous improvement, and the certifications come to consolidate this performance and our long-term commitment to the country. Among the practices that reinforce our search for excellence and that contributed to the certification are the risk monitoring of the assets and legal requirements – there are about 31,000 obligations – for all HPPs,” said Vigato.

CTG Brasil and REIVAX develop sustainable pneumatic system

The solution for regulating small turbines is unprecedented in the energy generation sector in Brazil and uses compressed air as an alternative to hydraulic oil

CTG Brasil, one of the leaders in clean energy generation in the country, and REIVAX, the Brazilian multinational leader in the supply of equipment to control energy generation, are developing a pioneering and innovative solution for the market. It is a pneumatically operated speed regulation system that can be used in small turbines. The initiative was developed within the Research & Development (R&D) program of ANEEL, with an investment of R$ 3 million by CTG Brasil. The solution includes a set of pneumatic linear valves and actuators to control the speed of the generating unit.

In addition, the system also activates the water inlet butterfly valve through a hydropneumatic jack, which controls the opening and closing speeds, and prevents the effect of water hammer, that is, damage caused by sudden pressure variations. “It is a simple, affordable and sustainable system, as it uses compressed air instead of oil, reducing the production of chemical residues and generating a clean operation. Other advantages are the acquisition costs, which are around 45% lower than conventional hydraulic equipment, simpler installation and reduced need for maintenance”, explains Leonardo Weiss, project coordinator at REIVAX.

The development meets the requirements of international standards, which regulate the operation of automation and control systems applied to hydroelectric generation, in which precise and safe operation is essential to maintain the quality of electricity generation and the integrity of the equipment. In addition to these performance requirements, the robustness and cost-effectiveness of the equipment are being considered.

“Bringing to the electricity sector a solution for a speed regulation system powered entirely by compressed air (pneumatic) is in line with CTG Brasil’s priorities. We are concerned with the operational efficiency of our plants and with the preservation of the environment. And our premise is to seek innovative solutions for the challenges of the company, the electricity sector and society. The completion of this project reinforces our work to put these priorities into practice, on a daily basis”, emphasizes Cesar Teodoro, Engineering Director at CTG Brasil.

Pilot project is already being tested at a CTG Brasil hydroelectric plant in SP

The solution was tested in an auxiliary group at Salto Grande HPP, one of the hydroelectric plants under concession of CTG Brasil, located on the Paranapanema river between the municipalities of Salto Grande (SP) and Cambará (PR). For Renato Castilho, Electromechanical Engineering manager at CTG Brasil, the system’s performance in tests is within expectations. “Preliminary results showed that the prototype was able to withstand the operating conditions normally expected in small generating units, such as those at the Salto Grande Plant”, he reinforced.

The system is undergoing a period of monitoring and performance evaluation, and may be commercialized as of 2022. For REIVAX, the solution is an opportunity to enter the market of micro and small hydroelectric power plants. “Our expectation is to consolidate the use of low-cost technology in pneumatic control in small hydroelectric turbines, filling an existing gap in the Brazilian market. This is a niche that is growing a lot, and that represents an opportunity to increase our competitiveness”, comments Fernando Amorim da Silveira, CEO of REIVAX.

SENAI and CTG Brasil inaugurate clean energy innovation habitat in Rio Grande do Norte

On the occasion, SENAI’s first public call will be launched in partnership with CTG Brasil for prospecting and evaluating technologies for the development of green hydrogen

CTG Brasil is the first company to inaugurate its Innovation Habitat at the SENAI Institute for Innovation in Renewable Energy (ISI-ER), in Natal (RN). One of the leaders in clean energy generation in the country, the company has been increasing its investments in research, development and innovation, seeking innovative solutions for the challenges of the company and the electricity sector, and that benefit the environment and society. The action is part of a major partnership with the National Service for Industrial Learning (SENAI) to boost research and innovation projects focused on the Brazilian electricity sector. During the inauguration of the space, the first Public Call – Green Hydrogen Strategic Mission will also be launched.

The Innovation Habitats are collaborative environments to strengthen the relationship with industries, and, in the case of this one that is being inaugurated, it offers a physical space linked to the SENAI Institute for Innovation in Renewable Energy (ISI-ER). The ISI-ER will be responsible for sharing the infrastructure and the specialized team so that companies can identify and develop innovative products and processes using the habitat. The expected results are local and national development, with the co-creation of customized solutions in research, development and innovation ((RD&I).

“The national network of SENAI Innovation Institutes is the largest innovative infrastructure in the country and is fully engaged in the development of innovative solutions that will help in the competitiveness of the electricity sector in Brazil. The partnership with CTG Brasil is fundamental for the development of new technologies in renewable energies, promoting connection with researchers from Europe and China, accelerating technological routes in Brazil”, emphasizes the national director of SENAI, Rafael Lucchesi.

CTG Brasil’s Clean Energy Innovation Habitat will help in the search for partnerships with companies, institutions and startups in Brazil and, subsequently, can collaborate to enable international partnerships. The company aims to attract solutions focused on renewable energy sources for new businesses, energy commercialization and the green hydrogen value chain.

“The production of clean energy and innovation are in our DNA and we have invested in strategic partnerships, such as this one with SENAI, in order to boost the innovation ecosystem and generate solutions for the challenges of the company, the electricity sector and society , also contributing to the development, including scientific, of the country. We continue to invest in the Brazilian hydroelectric matrix, focusing on the diversification of our asset portfolio and on the complementarity of energy generation sources”, emphasizes Silvio Scucuglia, Director of Strategy and Business Performance of CTG Brasil. The Rio Grande do Norte habitat is CTG Brasil’s second innovation space. The company also has the CTG Brasil Innovation Hub in São Paulo, another fruit of the partnership with SENAI.

For the director of the ISI-ER and the Center for Gas and Renewable Energy Technologies (CTGAS-ER), Rodrigo Mello, the arrival of CTG Brasil is seen as an impetus for the state of Rio Grande do Norte to position itself at the forefront of technology . “It is an important step in a context in which Brazil, a country of commodities, needs products with more added value. And RN, which is a leader in wind power generation, is also positioned in this way as a state that contributes to the country entering the international vanguard of technology in a strategic sector”, he noted.

Green Hydrogen Strategic Mission

In addition to the inauguration of the Clean Energy Innovation Habitat, SENAI and CTG Brasil launch, this Thursday (14), the Public Call – Green Hydrogen Strategic Mission for prospecting and evaluating technical, commercial and technology arrangements involving and fostering the green hydrogen value chain. The objective is to boost clean energy solutions, focusing on production, storage, distribution and new sources, but also on other areas that are part of the green hydrogen chain, such as mobility, industries and agriculture.

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For the Superintendent of Innovation and Technology, Jefferson Gomes, it is essential to include green hydrogen as an alternative source of energy, in addition to creating support and incentive mechanisms to make the technology viable in Brazil. “We have a great challenge ahead of us, in showing that it is possible to develop other energy sources. The use of green hydrogen is still new in the industry, but we believe it will play an important role in the energy and sustainable transition in the country”, he says.

The call is part of the Industrial Mission category and entries can be made through the Innovation Platform for Industry. Companies, startups, science and research institutions, public or private, interested in solutions and challenges for the development of the green hydrogen chain in the country have until November 19 to apply.

The initial investment in this project is up to R$18 million, R$3 million of which will be SENAI’s counterpart for distribution, according to pre-established rules in the notice. The maximum period for carrying out the projects is 36 months, counted from the date of signature of the Technical and Scientific Work Development Agreement.

The action will be coordinated by the SENAI Regional Department, in Rio Grande do Norte, through the SENAI Institute for Innovation in Renewable Energy (ISI-ER). The ISI-ER will have a fundamental role in structuring and curating the projects received according to the notice.

CTG Brasil completes resettlement of families in the Garibaldi HPP region

18 families from the Campinho and Rodeio da Pedra communities received registration registrations for their properties

CTG Brasil, one of the leaders in energy generation in the country and concessionaire of Garibaldi HPP, on the Canoas River, concluded the land regularization process for the resettlement of nine families from the Campinho Community, in the municipality from Cerro Negro (SC). The action benefits families that maintained an effective link and economic dependence with the impacted areas during the construction of the plant and that needed to be relocated – at the time, they carried out agricultural activities in the impacted areas, but did not own the properties.

These families, whose main source of income is agricultural activity, were relocated, received their plots of land with all the necessary infrastructure (residence, shed, access to electricity and water), as well as initial help and technical assistance from CTG Brazil. Now, with the delivery of property registration registrations, the definitive transfer of these rural properties is made official, concluding the resettlement emancipation. With these documents, in addition to becoming owners of the properties, the families maintain access to agricultural costing programs, production insurance, among others, but independently.

Last year, CTG Brasil had also completed land title regularization for the resettlement of nine other families in the Rodeio da Pedra Community, in the countryside of Campo Belo do Sul (SC). “The completion of the land tenure regularization of these two resettlements is a milestone for CTG Brasil. It was a long and important process, including steps such as the choice and purchase of areas, construction of properties, land regularization and transfer and provision of ownership documentation for the families. In this way, more than mitigating the impacts on these families, we contribute to their development through improvements in their quality of life and regularization of land tenure”, says Ivan Toyama, Land manager at CTG Brasil.

Other actions

In 2019, the company delivered renovation and expansion works at the Campinho Community Center, which included improvements in the church, ballroom and primary school, as well as support structures for holding events and festivities, such as new bathrooms adapted for people with special needs, changing rooms, kitchen and grills. A new church was also delivered to the Rodeio da Pedra Community, in Campo Belo do Sul. The renovation and expansion of these facilities are part of the compensatory works related to Usina Garibaldi, managed by CTG Brasil.

Richard Fazzani is the new head of CTG Trading

Economist Richard Fazzani is the new head of CTG Trading. With 20 years of experience, the executive comes to reinforce the strategy of the energy trading unit of CTG Brasil, which focuses on bringing more liquidity to the Free Energy Market, the best opportunities and short and medium term solutions, according to the need of every business.

“In addition to agility in operations for decision-making, our partners have the guarantee and financial strength of CTG, one of the largest clean energy companies in the world,” says Richard. With a postgraduate degree in Derivatives, the executive has worked for companies such as Duke Energy, Itaú Unibanco and Grupo Delta Energia.

With just over a year of operation, the business unit is registered to work at the Brazilian Energy Trading Counter (BBCE, in portuguese). It has already done business with dozens of agents and remains open to operating with several players, with an eye on the expansion of the Free Market and the maturing of energy purchase and sale contracts.

CTG Brasil launches a new public notice to support social projects

With applications open until October 19, the notice seeks to sponsor initiatives that contribute to the development of communities through culture, education, sports, income generation and social inclusion

CTG Brasil, one of the leaders in clean energy generation in the country, is launching the 2nd Public Notice for Incentive Resources for Local Development. The objective is to financially support initiatives that contribute to the development of communities living around the company’s 14 hydroelectric plants.

Projects in the areas of culture, education, sport, income generation and social inclusion will be contemplated and that have been approved and are able to raise funds through the Federal Law of Incentive to Culture, the Federal Law of Incentive to Sport, of the Funds the Rights of Children and Adolescents, and the Funds for the Rights of the Elderly. The company seeks to support initiatives that contribute to local development and income generation, promoting access to training and opportunities in the job market for groups of diversity and in situations of socioeconomic vulnerability

In the 1st public notice launched by CTG Brasil, in 2020, R$ 13.3 million were allocated to 21 projects in 84 cities, in seven Brazilian states, directly benefiting around 240 thousand people, including children, young people, adults and the elderly. “Incentive laws are a fundamental benefit for companies and for promoting employment, income and sustainable development. The projects we support transform the reality of local communities, bringing culture, education, sport, health and quality of life to the populations around our plants”, explains Salete da Hora, Brand, Communication and Sustainability director at CTG Brasil. Even in a year of pandemic and economic downturn, the funds destined for social projects via the Tax Incentive Laws in 2020 was 9% higher than in 2019. “We had excellent results with the first public notice and we want to expand these partnerships in order to continue generating impact real in people’s lives”, said Salete.

Who can participate?

Civil society organizations and private companies with at least three years of activity, focused on sport or culture (in the case of mechanisms to encourage sport or culture) or the objective of serving children and adolescents or to elderly people (in the case of mechanisms to encourage actions for these audiences), among other qualification criteria.

Learn more on the platform

Applications are open until October 19, 2021, through the Prosas platform (https://editalctgbr2021.prosas.com.br), where the complete public notice is also available (with regulation specifying the support categories, selection criteria, etc), the list of participating locations and other information. Check it out and share!

Salto Grande HPP promotes action to control aquatic plants

Reservoir drawdown occurs annually for exposure and removal of plants. In this year of 2021, action will be carried out from 20/09 to 2/10

CTG Brasil starts next Monday, the 20th, the lowering of the reservoir of the Salto Grande Hydropower Plant. The action, which aims to control aquatic plants, runs until October 2nd. During this period, the level of the plant’s reservoir will be lowered to the operating range between 382.50 and 382.80 meters – the normal operating range of the reservoir is between 383.80 and 384.67 meters.

With the reduction in level, aquatic plants are exposed in the dry region and dehydrate, which facilitates their collection and removal. The procedure is in line with the National Electric System Operator (ONS), the Brazilian Navy and the Municipality of Salto Grande, which will collect the material on September 27th. The action is also authorized by the National Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama).

Performed annually, preventive control always occurs in the period before the sprouting of new plants. “The objective of this procedure is to guarantee the full functioning of the plant’s turbines and promote the environmental balance of the aquatic macrophyte populations and the river’s ecosystem”, explains Marcio Peres, Director of Generation Asset Management at CTG Brasil. The reduction of plants reduces the chance of momentary loss of power in the turbines, guaranteeing the availability of energy, and also contributes to the environment and to the multiple uses of the reservoir by the entire local population. “With the reduction of plants, the tendency is to increase the flow of water in the arms of the Salto Grande reservoir, in addition to increasing oxygen at night, favoring fish populations”, explains Márcio.

Street Soccer project pole opens in Avaré

An initiative of Instituto Futebol de Rua, sponsored by CTG Brasil, seeks to promote the social transformation of children and adolescents through sport and education

An initiative of the Futebol de Rua Institute, in partnership with CTG Brasil, which benefits about 400 children and teenagers from 7 to 13 years old enrolled in public schools in five cities, including sports, education, culture and social transformation , through the Futebol de Rua project.

The first hub resulting from this partnership was inaugurated last Friday (10), in Avaré (SP), region of the Jurumirim HPP, with the signing of the term of agreement and the presentation of the teachers. The event was attended by councilor Jairo Alvez de Azevedo, representing the mayor of Avaré, Jô Silvestre, the municipal secretary for Sports and Leisure, Andréia Brisola Carvalheira, the municipal secretary for Education, Josiane Aparecida Medeiros de Jesus, the Mayor Municipal, Flávio Eduardo Zandoná, other local leaders and representatives of the project and CTG Brasil.

Besides Avaré, the partnership foresees the implementation of four more centers until October, in municipalities near other HPPs operated by CTG Brasil: Inajá-PR (Rosana HPP); Campo Belo do Sul-SC (Garibaldi HPP); Três Lagoas-MS (Jupiá HPP), and Santa Fé do Sul-SP (Ilha Solteira HPP).

With workshops twice a week, totaling 8 hours of activities, and 50% of the vacancies reserved for the female public, the Street Soccer project relies on a consolidated methodology focused on the integral development of the student, combining sports practice and pedagogical assistance.

The project stimulates dialogue through content and the protagonism of the students, who are the referees of their own games, and also includes pedagogical sessions that work on themes such as the Culture of Peace, the Environment, Gender, and the Fight against Racism. Besides the pedagogical and sports activities, the children and teenagers involved have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities and two festivals (Little Cups), which take place inside and outside the school. “Through actions and partnerships like this, we reinforce our long-term commitment to the country and to the communities in the regions where we operate, contributing to social development with a focus on transforming the lives of youth and children through education and sports,” said Salete da Hora, Director of Brand, Communication and Sustainability at CTG Brasil.

The Futebol de Rua Institute has already assisted more than 20 thousand children in more than 80 cities. The project has been in existence for ten years. It is the first time, however, that it has been sponsored by CTG Brasil. The goal for 2021 is to further expand the reach, with the installation of another 30 cores.

For more information about the Football Street project, access here.

Municipalities in the Midwest and Northwest of São Paulo receive free project workshops linked to the UN 2030 Agenda

Knowing the SDGs’, sponsored by CTG Brasil and carried out by NTICS Projetos, aims to work in the classroom, with students and teachers from public schools, on environmental and sustainable development issues

Teachers and students from six municipalities in the region of the Ilha Solteira and Jupiá HPPs, on the Paraná River, can register for the project ‘Knowing the SDGs’ (Sustainable Development Goals), sponsored by CTG Brasil, one of the leaders in clean energy generation in the country, and carried out by NTICS Projetos. In total, 32 free workshops will be held for students and two workshops for teachers. The goal is to bring environmental and sustainable development issues into the classroom and to provide guidance on how it is possible to improve the world through simple everyday actions.

The Knowing the SDGs project will work on the seven sustainable goals that are part of the UN (United Nations) Agenda 2030. They are: Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Earth Life, and Partnerships and Implementation.

More than just activities related to the environment, the project’s actions meet the commitment made in Agenda 2030 to ensure a healthy planet and a more dignified life for future generations. “What we do today directly impacts the lives of our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, so we have to be responsible and multipliers of conscious actions,” said Ana Carolina Xavier, Director of Innovation and Sustainability ESG at NTICS Global and Sustainable Business.

All actions will be carried out on a digital platform and the material made available can be used by teachers during the school year. “We want to leave a legacy that impacts the entire community. In addition, the participants will receive a certificate and compete for prizes”, says Ana Carolina Xavier.

The Knowing the SDGs project will pass through 16 cities in the states of São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná and Santa Catarina, where some of CTG Brasil’s hydroelectric plants are located, and should impact around 12 thousand people. In the northwestern part of the state of São Paulo, the initiative will be held in the cities of Santa Fé do Sul, Castilho and Pereira Barreto, in the state of São Paulo, as well as Três Lagoas, Paranaíba and Selvíria, in Mato Grosso do Sul.

“Reinforcing our long-term commitment to the country and our concern to always act in harmony with the planet, we seek to contribute, through actions and partnerships like this, to sustainable development, social growth, and environmental preservation,” says Salete da Hora, Brand, Communication and Sustainability Director at CTG Brasil.

On September 9, a workshop for teachers will take place at 10am and 3pm, respectively. On September 13th, the workshops will be available for students from 6 to 12 years old, with activities such as games, interactive fishing, and plays, among others. The students will be divided in two shifts, from 9am to 10am, and from 2pm to 3pm.

Registrations are open, free of charge, and can be made through the site: https://linktr.ee/odsnasescolas.ctg.

What: Getting to know the SDGs
When: September 9 and 13, 2021
Where: Youtube
Registration: https://linktr.ee/odsnasescolas.ctg
Website: www.conhecendoosodsnasescolas.com.br
How much: Free