Brazilian Companhia Energética de Pernambuco (Celpe) will be piloting smart grids on Fernando de Noronha, the largest in a group of islands off the northeast coast.
The 3 year research and development project has an investment of US $9 million, that joins technologies in the areas of telecommunications, metering, information technology and automation. The benefits expected are remote control of almost all processes, as well as faster identification and correction of system faults.
At the same time Celpe is investing an additional US $0.9 million to develop a control system that will manage multiple sources of alternative energy generation on the archipelago of islands, of which the aim is to study maximising the use of renewable energy that will be deployed in Fernando de Noronha.
Partners in the project include the University of Pernambuco (UPE), the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), the national Center for Research and Development (CPqD ), and the departments of science and technology and the environment and sustainability of the Pernambuco state government.
Celpe is to install a 400 kW peak solar photovoltaic system within a military base on Fernando de Noronha, under an agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ). The system with an expected output of 600 MWh per year – about 6 percent of the island’s demand – will be piloted for a year to identify possible gaps or areas for improvement.
In 2009 Celpe promoted the substitution of electric showers in tourist inns with a solar heating system on Fernando de Noronha, and last year energy efficient refrigerators were donated to low income families.