Investment in Solar Energy

Petrobras received the assent of the National Electric Energy Agency (Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica – Aneel) for a project on research and development of a solar power plant in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. Th e plant, with a capacity of l.l MW, will be installed on the grounds of Petrobras thermoelectric plant Jesus Soares Pereira, at the city of Alto do Rodrigues. Th e generated power will be used by the company itself. Th e forecast for the beginning of the operation is the second half of 2014. Th e project began to be developed in 2012, contributing to the improvement of public data on the generation of solar (photovoltaic) energy, besides expanding the network of laboratories for tests and equipment certifi cation and the training of specialized professionals. Its total cost is estimated at US$ 20.9 million.

An experimental platform with a 10 kW capacity will be deployed, as a model plant, at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte's Power and Renewable Energies Electronics Lab during the development of the project. Meanwhile, the Center for Renewable Technologies for Gas & Renewable Energies (CTGàs-ER) – a nucleus for research and training maintained by Petrobras in partnership with the National Service of Industrial Education (Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial – Senai) – will receive qualifi cation from the National Institute for Space Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE) to be able to conduct solar prospecting services.

Six stations for capturing data on solar energy will be installed in the CTGàs-ER, which will also have a laboratory able to give approval for equipment used in photovoltaic generation systems, as well as a center for training and certifi cation of personnel to work on projects, assembly, operation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems.

 

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