Saturday, January 28, 2012

Smart grid: Suppliers charge pattern of the Brazilian government

In last week of January, Brazil received the visit of Frank Hyldmar, executive vice president Elster Integrated Solutions. Known as a manufacturer of Electrical measurers, four years ago the company embarked on an overall job of stimulating the development of smart grids, so-called smart grid, along with the utility companies. In Brazil, the initiative takes shape a year ago.

Hyldmar is also chairman of Esmig, the acronym for Group Industries European Manufacturers of smart meters, and one of the reasons for his visit to Brazil was the possibility of creating a similar move here. "We need to encourage and influence the market. Many operators are already working, but without direction, "he says.

The lack of direction is not without reason. In Brazil, there is still no government guideline regarding standards to be adopted by intelligent networks. Geraldo Guimaraes, vice president of Elster to Latin America, recalls that in the United States and Europe have clear rules.

"We had a sign of ANEEL (National Electric Energy Agency) two years ago when they released the first draft of standards, but it was not released until today," said Guimaraes. He also recalls that at the end of Lula's government, a group came to be formed to discuss the matter, but it was extinguished by President Dilma.

 On account of these uncertainties, the two executives believe that an association along the lines of Esmig could accelerate the creation of standards and the development of smart grids. "An institution of this nature bring together operators, manufacturers and technology providers around the definition of standards and best practices for the implementation of these networks," explains Hyldmar.

He recalls that in England, for example, the government ofa market a period of eight months for the standards were set. "It will be a process similar to that experienced by the telecommunications industry several years ago. She has standards that today allow us to use our cell phones anywhere in the world, "he compares. The new association would include several members of the European group with operations in Brazil, such as SAP, Cisco, Oracle, Siemens and Accenture.

Until then, the industry follow groping on the best ways to implement smart grids in the country today Guimarães says Elster works with the ten largest Brazilian companies and utilities that all, without exception, is performing some kind of pilot smart grid. "Social networking has been evolving for years, but now we come to the point where standards need to be defined for the market to accelerate and move on," he says.

One of the pilots underway in Brazil is being conducted in partnership with the Light, in Rio de Janeiro. There were 41 000 smart meters installed in ten communities that received UPPs (Pacifying Police Units). Guimarães reveals that the plan is the Light that all communities with UPPs start to rely on the technology by the end of 2016.

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