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Saft to replace substation lead-acid batteries with nickel cadmium

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 09:26 -- Xuan Zhong

Battery maker Saft has been awarded the contract to supply its maintenance-free nickel cadmium backup battery systems to Brazil’s capital city.

The French firm will replace existing lead-acid batteries at all 34 of Brazilian power utility CEB (Companhia Energetica de Brasilia) distribution substations serving Brasilia.

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Brazil R&D centre to focus on emerging lithium applications

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:46 -- Paul Crompton
Brazil R&D centre to focus on emerging lithium applications

A scientific and technological centre in Brazil has teamed up with an English EV research firm to develop new types of lithium batteries.

UK’s Mira has signed a letter of commitment with Fundação Parque Tecnológico Itaipu (FPTI) to develop a centre of excellence for energy storage in Brazil.

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Back of the net! Aggreko to power 2014 World Cup

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:53 -- Ruth Williams
The Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

Aggreko has been selected to provide temporary power to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The deal will see the Scottish power provider supplying temporary power for the broadcasting of all the matches in 12 host cities across Brazil.

In addition, Aggreko will provide power and temperature control services for the International Broadcast Centre in Rio de Janeiro.

Aggreko has a strong presence in South America; having bought Brazil’s largest power rental business— PoitEnergia— in 2012 it is well positioned to provide the necessary power for the championship.

The media coverage of the 64 matches will be watched by three billion people around the world and require Aggreko to supply, install and operate more than 46MW of generating capacity, 1,000 distribution panels and 200 km of electric cables.

Brazilian genset market grows thanks to unreliable grid

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:36 -- Ruth Williams
Rio de Janeiro

The Brazilian electricity grid has been named as the reason for high genset sales for prime and standby power in the country. The country’s electricity generation network includes a high share of hydropower, which can be unreliable during droughts. This has caused high usage of gensets for critical applications including data centres, healthcare and financial services.

According to figures from Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Analysis of the Brazilian Genset Market’ paper, the genset market will be worth US$1472m in 2017.

As the country’s economy continues to grow, power demands from the oil and gas, construction, manufacturing and entertainment industries are outstripping electricity supply, and in turn boosting genset sales.

Gustavo Stainoh, Frost & Sullivan energy and power research analyst said: "The need to handle blackouts spurs the uptake of gensets. During peak hours, however, companies find it more feasible to get electricity from the grid due to the recent reduction in industrial electricity tariffs."

The paper says cheaper products from Asian manufacturers has affected market profits and a lack of regulation and certification of equipment makes a challenging environment for manufacturers.

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