Brazil Meets the World in Abu Dhabi to Discuss Renewable Energy

Sustainable Masdar city A Brazilian delegation of businessmen, scientists and technicians in the area of renewable energy will be attending the second edition of the World Renewable Energy Forum, to be held from January 19 to 21, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Moreover, lecturers at the conference should include the Brazilian minister of Strategic Affairs, Roberto Mangabeira Unger; the president of the company Brasil Ecodiesel, José Carlos Aguilera; and the executive director of the São Paulo Sugarcane Agroindustry Union (Unica), Eduardo Leão.

There are still slots open for participation in the mission, which is mainly aimed at establishing new relations and creating new business opportunities linking Brazil to the rest of the world.

"The event will bring together the best suppliers, investors and experts in renewable energies, as well as heads of state and personalities in the sector, to discuss the future of the global energy matrix," says Marcus Peçanha, CEO at Interaction Times, an international relations consultancy firm that is taking the Brazilians to Abu Dhabi.

"The businessmen will have many options in the package. In addition to the three days in Abu Dhabi, they may spend a period in Dubai and put together a schedule of meetings and contacts according to their interests, which may range from seeking suppliers to partnerships with foreign investors," he explains.

The Interaction Times forecasts that 200 Brazilians should participate in the mission. "We arrived at that figure because organizers are expecting 15,000 people at the forum," says Peçanha.

Issues to be discussed during the conference include global warming, climate change and the urgent need for adoption of clean energies in order to manage global energy production and the environment in a sustainable manner.

Brazil is a leading producer of renewable energies among developing countries, with 43% of its energy matrix stemming from sustainable sources, thus it should attract the eyes of the whole world during the event.

"The participation of Brazil in the forum is a great opportunity for companies operating in the market to develop partnerships and do some networking. At the moment of crisis that the world is experiencing, we are heading to a place that has lots of cash available, and is interested in investing in clean energies," says Peçanha.

In the first edition, held in January 2008, the forum was attended by the president of the United States, George W. Bush, by prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and by several heads of state, such as those from Iceland, Djibouti and the Emirates.

Guests for this year include the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the former vice president of the United States, Al Gore, directors of companies operating in the area, such as British Petroleum, Siemens, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, scholars and civil society representatives  -  the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Greenpeace and the WWF.

Masdar City, a fully-planned, sustainable city under construction in Abu Dhabi, will be among the highlights of the forum. The goal is for it to become an international cooperation program turned to seeking solutions to major problems currently facing humanity, such as energy security, climate change and sustainable development.

The main objectives of Masdar City include becoming carbon neutral. The city is going to house a university, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and several companies. Its construction involves organisations such as the MIT, General Electric, British Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi, Rolls Royce, Otal S.A., Mitsui, Fiat, and Conergy, the latter being involved in the construction of a station for solar energy.

According to estimates, approximately US$ 15 billion will be invested over the next five years in projects involving education, research, industry, reduction of emissions and sustainable urban living.


2009 World Renewable Energy Forum
Date: January 19 to 21, 2009
Place: Abu Dhabi  -  United Arab Emirates

Further information and enrolments for the mission or
Telephone: (+55 11) 2137-5731



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  • Falupa

    Renewable energy
    I was recently reading an article about Spain’s attempt at renewable energy. Supposedly they are building a solar powered plant that reflects light into a tower. In turn that generates steam which drives large turbines to power over 153,000 homes. An incredible feet for many. I think it is very interesting and a great idea that Brazil should look into. 😉

  • João da Silva

    [quote]superheated satem to power turbines coupled to Power Generators.[/quote]

    Should read:[b]superheated steam to drive the turbines coupled to Electric Generators [/b]

    Sorry about the error, Falupa and Ch.C!!!!

  • João da Silva

    [quote]France has been doing this for over….20 years ! [/quote]

    U.S. was ahead of the Frenchies. Falupa probably is too young to remember it. I think it is in CA or AZ. What they did was to set up concave mirrors (Computer controlled to accompany the angle of the Sun, regardless of the season) to reflect the concentrated beam of light and direct it towards stainless steel boilers that produce superheated satem to power turbines coupled to Power Generators. A cute idea which was subsequently copied by the French.

    Of course, I don’t expect Ch.C (being a French Swiss) to give credit to the Yanks. 😉

    One reason why the Americans changed the name of “French Fries” to “Freedom Fries” was due to the fact that the Americans invent something first and then the French rush in to claim credit. The Yanks are not too happy with the French lately and Sarko is not a big help either.

    Can you imagine how hesitant Sarko will be to receive Obama in Paris. On the contrary, I am sure Angela Merckel will be happy to receive Obama in Berlin. 😀 😉 8)

  • ch.c.

    Sorry this is not something that new !
    France has been doing this for over….20 years !
    The only difference is the size that is far bigger now than earlier !
    France existing plant powers several thousands homes, may be more but not 153’000

    Yesssss…this is a great technology, especially for Brazil with much more sun !

    Stupid question as usual : IS BRAZIL READY TO PAY FOR THAT TECHNOLOGY ??????
    Thus far, recently, Brazil was more ready to buy French technology for NUCLEAR SUBMARINES – COMMERCIAL AND MILITARY HELICOPTERS !

    And what Brazil is going to do with its Oceans of oil beneath the Oceans (Tupi Field, etc) , and the Oceans of oil above Grounds (ethanol) ? And also the Nuclear Power plant for Angra 3 ? and the “promised” 50 new Nucleat plants until 2050 as disclosed recently !
    Let me keep laughing about these MEGA promises and MEGA projects Brazil is accustomed to !
    Here is a signed commitment negotiated decades ago :
    “In 1975 the government adopted a policy becoming fully self-sufficient in nuclear technology and signed an agreement with West Germany for supply of eight 1300 MWe nuclear units over 15 years. The first two were to be built immediately, with equipment from Siemens-KWU. The rest were to have 90% Brazilian content under the technology transfer agreement. To effect this, a state-owned company Empresas Nucleares Brasileiras (Nuclebras) was set up with a number of subsidiaries focused on particular aspects of engineering and the nuclear fuel cycle.”

    “However, Brazil’s economic problems meant that construction of the first two Brazilian-German reactors was interrupted, and the whole program was reorganised at the end of the 1980s. In 1988 a new company, Industrias Nucleares Brasileiras SA (INB) replaced Nuclebras and most of its subsidiaries, but with limited authority and function related to fuel cycle activities. INB is a subsidiary of the National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN).

    Responsibility for construction of Angra 2 & 3 was transferred to the utility Furnas, a subsidiary of Eletrobras. Construction of Angra-2 resumed in 1995, with US$ 1.3 billion of new investment provided by German banks, Furnas and Eletrobras.

    Then in 1997 a new company Eletronuclear* was set up as a subsidiary of Eletrobras and made responsible for all construction and operation of nuclear power plants. It combined the nuclear side of Furnas with the engineering company Nuclen, and Siemens then relinquished its 25% share in it. Nuclep is the continuing subsidiary from the Nuclebras period, handling heavy equipment manufacturing and now”

    And where do you stand in 2008 ? Angra 3 construction has not even started !!!!!!
    Pay attention that even the first 2 Nuclear plants were financed by FOREIGNERS…not Brazilians authorities, banks or pension funds !!!!!

    so it it was, so it is, and so it will remain !

    😀 😉

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