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Bnamericas Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Brazil energy watch

Engie has signed a partnership deal with Aena and Higer to conduct tests of electric buses at Recife airport in Pernambuco state. 

TEVX Higer's Azure A12 BR model is 100% electric, making no CO2 emissions or noise, and is being tested at the terminal. 

The idea is to use the vehicles for passenger transportation within the airport, replacing buses that use fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. 

The Azure A12BR has a 270km range and is powered exclusively by batteries, with a recharge time of up to 3 hours.

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The 230 units of the Senai-SP and Sesi-SP industrial learning and social services, in São Paulo state, are working on a large energy efficiency program that will result in a 25% reduction in the network's electricity consumption, by the end of 2022. 

In the current scenario, the units consume almost 80GWh/year at a cost of around 38mn reais (US$7.3mn). The expected consumption is set to fall to 60GWh/year.

The program includes actions such as the implementation of micro PV solar plants, digitized energy management, feasibility studies for the purchase of clean energy and the replacement of light bulbs.

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Comerc Renew has closed a preliminary partnership deal with fashion firm Grendene to supply solar energy to meet 80% of its operational demand. 

Located in Várzea da Palma, Minas Gerais state, and expected to start operating in 2024, the PV solar plant will supply 10MWm to the company. 

The power purchase agreement (PPA) will last 20 years.

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Focused on solar panel systems, Getpower expects to record revenues of 55mn reais in 2022, which would be growth of 123% compared with last year.

After consolidating itself in the southeast region, the brand intends to expand to the north and northeast.

"For 2023, we intend to reach 140 units and record annual revenues of 150mn reais," the franchise's CEO, Victor Peixoto, said in a release. 

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Petrobras has begun testing a remote buoy for offshore wind assessment. 

Dubbed Bravo, the equipment is capable of measuring wind speed and direction, and received 9mn reais in investments. 

The state-run firm expects that the use of this technology, unprecedented in the country, will bring a reduction of 40% of the cost compared with hiring it abroad.

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The national council of export processing zones (CZPE) has approved the industrial project of the Noxis Energy oil refinery, to be installed in the Pecém complex in Ceará state. 

With the approval, the refinery is authorized to install and produce LPG, Gasoline A, automotive diesel, maritime diesel and maritime fuel oil (bunker), which is consumed by ships. 

The project, which is in the environmental licensing process, will have a refining capacity of 50,000b/d. 

When fully implemented, production is expected to be 1.5Mt of fuel per year by 2025.

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Petrobras has put into operation the P-71 FPSO in the Itapu field in the Santos Basin, 200km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. 

The platform has the capacity to process up to 150,000b/d of oil and 6Mm3/d of gas, in addition to storing up to 1.6Mb of oil.

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Brazil’s oil and gas watchdog ANP and the energy and basic sanitation regulatory agency for Rio de Janeiro state (Agernesa) have signed a technical cooperation agreement to develop studies on the regulation of natural gas industry activities at the state and federal levels. 

The agreement outlines training in the area of piped natural gas, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) regulation; exchange of information relevant to the regulation of the natural gas industry; cooperation on studies about the general aspects of regulation of transport, distribution and commercialization of gas; and studies about the competence boundaries with respect to the regulation of use of biogas of different origins.

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