The arrival of European technologies to sectors such as renewable energy, biogas, energy efficiency and forestry activities, such as forest monitoring, may contribute to modernizing segments that contribute significantly to the low-carbon economy in Brazil. By means of Low Carbon Business Action in Brazil, small and medium-sized Brazilian companies with expertise in the national market have joined European companies to adapt solutions to the Brazilian reality that were previously unheard of in the region.
One of them is the solution developed by French ARIA Technologies, which have helped several countries suffering from forest fires, such as Portugal, Spain and the United States (California), to monitor their forests and prevent the spread of fire outbreaks. This technology is being brought to Brazil in partnership with the Forestry Companies Association of Santa Catarina (Associação Catarinense de Empresas Florestais). The European partnership specializes in pollutant dispersion computing, meteorological analysis, air and wind quality modelling and ACR.
The ARIA FIRESC system provides for the application of the FARSITE4 and FLAMMAP models, used to assess the evolution of fire and the mapping of fire risk in Portugal, Spain and North America. These algorithms represent the behaviour of fire considering a multifactorial risk condition: meteorology, topography and fuel properties of vegetation. The solution is a pioneering initiative in the implementation of fire behaviour models for operational use in Brazil, together with the automatic detection of satellite hotspots and cameras.
The project was divided into two phases, the first phase for the development of a kind of pilot covering an area of approximately 12,000 hectares. The second phase will allow the system to be dimensioned for the entire area of interest, integrating with ACR's fire management tools and consolidating the web service.
In the agricultural sector, a sustainable agriculture solution that allows the production, by means of central pivot irrigation, of different rotated crops, developed through a partnership by Brazilian companies GND and E4 Engenharia with European companies Endless and C-Astral, was implemented in the city of Vergara, Uruguay, in the second half of 2019. The internationalization of the solution occurred after the success of the pilot implemented by the companies, with support from Low Carbon Business Action in Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in the southern region of Brazil.
Biogas, a sector that has growing potential in Brazil and presents an attractive solution for the production of clean energy and biofuels, gained through the technology tropicalization of German company Bert Energy, the possibility of production by means of animal waste as well as waste from the agricultural sector. With this, a tool is expected to be presented to producers and food industries to take advantage of what would be discarded for their own benefit, through investment in small plants.
One of the German technology transfer projects is being implemented in partnership with Brazilian company Aaalok, developer of energy efficiency solutions in the country. Bert biogas systems, which operate in franchise systems for the construction of the brand's factories in local containers, may generate up to 1000 kWh. As connection to the network is not necessary for the plant to operate, they offer great flexibility for installation in remote areas.
The franchise partner system allows you to penetrate global markets quickly. Bert thought about its biogas technology in containers to serve a vast proportion of Brazilian farmers and for the entire agrifood industry in Brazil.
Thomas Dory, president of Bert Energy, explains the advantages of biogas as a means of generating energy. “What we bring to Brazil is what we consider in Europe as “Base load Energy”, which means energy available 24 hours a day, something that biogas fits into. Our plants run for 8,000 hours a year, while in Brazil plants usually run for around 5,000 hours a year. We are bringing this to the Brazilian market, where biogas can supply industry and consumers day and night”, he says. "We have developed a biogas plant in containers and we believe it will be an interesting model for Brazil", he concludes.
The solutions developed and adapted to the Brazilian market, in partnership between European and Brazilian companies, were presented to Brazilian financial institutions through the Low Carbon Business Action in Brazil and should soon be implemented in the country. “Through partnerships we were able to make truly innovative technologies meet the needs of different sectors in Brazil. This is beneficial for member countries of the European Union, which are able to internationalize their solutions and access new markets, and also for countries that receive technologies, which have expertise in the analysis and knowledge of the scenario, but lack technical instruments to implement new solutions”, explains Mercedes Blázquez, leader of Low Carbon Business Action in Brazil.