The minister who came out of the rock of Apago did not go through the crisis

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The Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, denied any risk of power outages or blackouts in the country due to the water crisis in the reservoirs. According to the minister, ration will not be available due to lack of energy except for external meteorological reasons.

“There is no possibility of rationing or blackout due to lack of energy. It can be caused by lightning, storm, but not because of lack of energy. We have been working on this for more than a year to guarantee Brazilian consumers,” the minister said during the opening of the new laboratory at the Eletrobras Electric Energy Research Center (Cepel) in Nova Iguaçu (RJ).

Bento Albuquerque said the country was going through its worst water crisis in 90 years with a lack of rain on the main reservoirs, but stressed that the power sector knows how to work to address the problem: “There is no risk of a lack of energy at all, but I understand that the rational use of energy should be part of our education and our culture.”

Usina Atomic

In an interview with reporters after the inauguration of the laboratory, the minister also spoke about the possibility of building a fourth nuclear power plant in the country, which today has Angra 1 and 2 and is about to complete Angra 3.

He did not define where the next plant would be built, which could also be in the Southeast or Northeast, but he insisted that it would be of a new generation, smaller, more efficient and safer than the current one.

According to Albuquerque, studies on the subject should be ready to be presented in the decadal plan in early 2022.

electric cars

Bento Albuquerque also pointed to the trend of electrification of the vehicle fleet, which is being accelerated by automakers in many countries, mainly in Europe, who plan to build natively electric cars between 2025 and 2030. intend to.

However, the minister pointed out that countries with large expansions can adopt hybrid models of motorisation. “Electricity is part of each country’s reality. A certain country can say that it will have its entire electricity fleet. In a continental country like Brazil, India, China or the United States, electrification doesn’t happen in years. It takes decades. Maybe. Brazil is privileged by an abundance of renewable and clean energy sources. We have the largest bioenergy program in the world, based on biofuels, and they will be fundamental”, he said.

the laboratory

Seppel’s new research centre, called the Smart Grid Laboratory, is the first of its kind in the country and received investments in the order of R$20 million from Eletrobras, Petrobras and the Meta Project (MME and the World Bank).

The laboratory, located in the Adrianopolis unit in Nova Iguaçu, will allow multiple options for research and service provision, bring tangible benefits to companies in the energy sector and contribute to technological progress in Brazil in the current context of the energy transition. This will guarantee practical experiences, which were previously done only on theoretical models, and greater reliability for the national power system, said Emilcar Guerreiro, Seipel’s director general.

“This will help evaluate the behavior of new elements that appear in networks due to distributed generation, distributed energy storage. This lab will allow this. It has the ability to analyze high-powered elements. Photovoltaic panels, high-powered An inverter, this laboratory is able to conduct tests to evaluate the performance of this device”, explained Sepel’s director.

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About the author: Sarah Gracie

Sarahis a reporter covering Amazon. She previously covered tech and transportation, and she broke stories on Uber's finances, self-driving car program, and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in finance. Sarah's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and the Houston Chronicle.

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