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Global Renewable Energy Forum in Brazil
18 May- 21 May 2008 | Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil


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On Tuesday delegates participated in six round tables:

Roundtable 1, “Large Hydropower: Potential and Outlook,” was moderated by Albert Geber de Melo, Electric Energy Research Center (CEPEL). Jorge Miguel Samek highlighted that the value of Itaipu in the market today is US$60 billion dollars.
Roundtable 2, “Solar Energy: Potentials in Industrial Applications and Productive Uses,” was moderated by Laura Porto, Director of the Department of Energy Development, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil. Xi Wenhua, Director, UNIDO International Solar Energy Center for Technology Promotion & Transfer, said China has built 13 million square meters of solar buildings in recent years and has deployed more than 800,000 solar cooker sets.
Roundtable 3, “Bioenergy: Liquid Biofuels as a Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuels,” was moderated by João José de Nora Souto, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil. José Tubino, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), outlined the opportunities and risks associated with the use of bioenergy for food security in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Roundtable 4, “Wind Energy: Overall Potential and Opportunities,” was moderated by Alberto Geber de Melo. Erico Spinadel, President of the Argentinean Association of Eolic Energy (AAEE), noted that there are over 600,000 wind water pumps in use in the Pampa.
Roundtable 5, “Bioenergy: Potentials and Challenges in Industry,” was moderated by Carlos Cristo, Ministry of Industrial Development, Brazil. Pradeep Monga, Chief of the Renewable and Rural Energy Unit, UNIDO, identified drivers for biomass development, including: high and volatile oil prices; climate change; agriculture and trade policies; sustainability issues and technological advances and efficiency.
Roundtable 6, “Small Hydro: Potentials and Opportunities,” was moderated by Antônio Otelo Cardoso, Technical Director of Itaipu Binational. Tong Jiandong, Director-General, International Network on Small Hydro Power, explained that there are many different  definitions of small hydropower being used around the world and noted the difficulty in realizing small hydropower potential.


Morning Round Table 1: “Large Hydropower – Potential and Outlook”


 
Richard Taylor, Executive Director, International Hydropower Association Jorge Miguel Samek, Brazilian Director-General of Itaipu Binational


   

N. P. Singh, Ministry of New and Renewable Sources of Energy, India

Albert Geber de Melo, Electric Energy Research Center (CEPEL)
Shree Govind, Technical Manager of Binational Project Pancheshwar, India & Nepal


Round Table 2: ”Solar Energy – Potentials in Industrial Applications and Productive Uses


 

Xi Wenhua, Director, UNIDO International Solar Energy Center for Technology Promotion & Transfer, highlighted the Solar Energy International Center (ISEC) launched in cooperation with UNIDO and the Chinese government.

Laura Porto, Director, Department of Energy Development, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil, moderated the roundtable on potential of solar energy in industrial applications and productive uses.

 
Shirish Garud, Renewable Energy Technology Applications, TERI, India
Hamilton Moss, Power Research Centre (CEPEL), Brazil, underscored the role of photovoltaics for rural electrification.

Round Table 3: ”Bioenergy - Liquid Biofuels as a Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuels”


Ricardo de Gusmão Dorneles, Director of the Department of Biofuels, Brazil, Dan Arvizu, Director of National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US, João José de Nora Souto, moderator, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil, José Turbino, FAO, Thomson Sinkala, Chair of the Biofuels Association of Zambia and Helena Chum, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US

   
Arturo Infante Villarreal, National Coordinator of the Sustainable Development of biofuels, Colombia, noted that the national policy is oriented to promote sustainable production of biofuels and diversify its energy matrix.
 
Helena Chum, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US, noted the importance of innovation on biofuels.
 
Ricardo de Gusmão Dorneles, Director of the Department of Biofuels, Brazil, noted that the production of biofuel promotes the diversification of the energy matrix.

   
José Turbino, FAO, outlined the opportunities and risks for the use of bioenergy and food security in Latin America and the Caribbean.


 
Thomson Sinkala, Chair of the Biofuels Association of Zambia, outlined compelling issues for Zambia’s engagement in liquid biofuels, including: energy security, high oil prices; energy deficiency for industry and domestic needs; and opportunity for poverty reduction.
 
Dan Arvizu, Director of National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US, noted the promise for renewables can be realized if we aggressively seek a global sustainable energy economy, accelerate investment in technology innovation and acknowledge and mitigate the carbon challenge with the necessary policies.

Round Table 4 : "Wind Energy: Overall Potential and Opportunities"

 
Stefan Hantsch, Secretary General of Austrian Wind Energy Association, Erico Spinadel, President of the Argentinean Association of Wind Energy (AAEE), Lauro Fiuza Junior, President of Brazil Wind Energy Association.   Telmo Gabarain Astorqui, Iberdrola, said that low windpower development in Latin America is due to the large hydroelectric potential, which is cheaper.



 
Jens Peter Molly, Executive Director, German Wind Energy Institute (DEWI), noted commercial hub heights of up to 160m, and predicted 10MW turbines by 2010.  
Erico Spinadel, President of the AAEE, underscored that Germany’s installed windpower capacity is larger than all of Argentina’s electric capacity.

Round Table 5 : "Bioenergy – Potentials and Challenges in Industry"


   
Pradeep Monga, Chief of the Renewable and Rural Energy Unit, UNIDO, outlined bioenergy and its potentials and challenges for the industry sector.

 
Semida Silveira, Head of Division of the Energy and Climate Studies, School of Industrial Engineering and Management, Sweden, said that Africa and Latin America are the regions with the biggest potential for the production of bioenergy.
 
Arnaldo Cesar Da Silva Walter, Campinas University (UNICAMP), Brazil, highlighted the importance of the concept of biorefineries, noting the existence of different levels of integration.

 
Carlos Cristo, moderator, Ministry of Industrial Development, Brazil, noted the challenges for developing new technologies.

 
Hubert Seiringer, Chairman of Austrian Compost and Biogas Association, noted that biogas will play a large role in the future energy mix.

Round Table 6 : “Small Hydro – Potentials and Opportunities”

Antônio Otelo Cardoso, ITAUPU Binacional, moderator, Firmino Mucavele, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Geraldo Lúcio Tiago Filho, Secretary-Executive, National Centre of Small Hydroelectric Plants, Brazil, Tong Jiandong, Director-General, International Network on Small Hydro Power

   
Mentor Poveda, OLADE, outlined the small hydro potential in the Latin America region and noted the importance of including energy efficiency in national plans.

Arun Kumar, Alternate Hydro Energy Centre, IIT Roorkee, India.
Firmino Mucavele, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), outlined the problems faced by African countries, such as: low economic development; high concentration of population in rural areas; and high oil costs; and increases food insecurity.

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Related Links
-Conference Website
-Conference Website (UNIDO)
-Agenda
-Background document

Co-Organizers
-UNIDO
-Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy
-Eletrobas
-ITAIPU BINACIONAL


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