Rio Grande do Norte will have a new center for renewable energy. The information was confirmed during the Energia 50 + 50 event, a symposium promoted within the festivities marking the fiftieth anniversary of Sabra’s birth on Friday night (12). The country was chosen to operate the center due to its experience in serving entrepreneurs in the sector and the range of solutions developed, especially for the renewable energy sector.
The new project is the Sebrae Renewable Energy Hub, which will be a hub for information, communications, training, and strategies that will be installed in the state to serve entrepreneurs from across the country and create integrated actions between state governments, large corporations, start-ups, small businesses, and other actors in the innovation ecosystem.
The state also has the potential for green hydrogen generation and already has a technology center that is a reference in the region for the country, the Center for Gas Technologies and Renewable Energies (CTGás-ER), of the Senai system, where it will be installed in Natal.
The directors and artistic team of Sebrae in Rio Grande do Norte gave a presentation of the state’s conditions in the clean energy sector during the symposium and the launch of the pole. The event was attended by the President of the State Consultative Council, Itamar Manso Maciel, the Directors José Ferreira de Milo Neto (Supervisor), Joao Helio Cavalcante (Technician) and Marcelo Toscano (Operations), as well as the Director of Competitiveness at Sebrae-RN. In the federal capital, Lorena Roosevelt, and the director of CTGás-ER, Rodrigo Dínez, among other representatives of the energy sector-related enterprises operating in the Buttiguar territory.
About 25% of the planned investment will go to innovation
During the 50+50 Energy Symposium, Sebrae-RN Moderator, Jose Ferreira, was the Director of Discussions with the Invited Entities, Companies and Partners to Integrate the Governance of the Renewable Energy Accelerator Center. The project was detailed in a technical discussion among the seminar participants, showing equipment as a hub for business acceleration in this field, for the convergence of clean energies in a physical and digital environment. CTGás-ER Director, Rodrigo Deniz, supplemented the explanation by adding data on renewable energy perspectives and scenarios for small businesses in Brazil.
According to Lorena Roosevelt, the project to implement the Sebrae Center for Renewable Energy will have an investment of about R$5 million initially, given that the proposal is to make the equipment sustainable after the installation and commissioning phases, made possible in partnership between Sebrae and Senais via CTGás-ER.
The Director explains that this union between the two institutions is essential to the implementation of the project, that CTGás-RN is already engaged in training and technological development of the sector, being a leader in this type of support in the country, and Sebrae-RN brings work experience and expression to companies that integrate the productive chains of energy production. In solar energy alone, the organization has for the past five years worked with integrators and other entrepreneurs, implementing a range of solutions to the industry’s requirements, with training pathways, contract management, services and technology strategies for chain links.
The idea is to serve all of Brazil by providing technical information for quick decisions by investors. Radar will be prepared for opportunities in the photovoltaic, wind energy and biomass sectors, particularly in relation to green hydrogen. “We will create a network of expertise to create touchpoints capable of opening up space for traditional small businesses and start-ups to operate in these chains,” Lorena Roosevelt estimates.
The project consists of three phases called waves. In the first wave, which begins now and continues until the end of the first half of 2023, the physical structure of the pole will be implemented and a service and information platform will be created in the digital environment, ensuring participation and scalability. For this reason, the pole is considered “phygital”, as it unites online and offline operations. “This will make it possible to speed up the Sebra service curve and encourage the introduction of small businesses into this sector.”
The second wave will work on the data intelligence segment to gather strategic information. Promotional notices for clean technology companies, which are technology companies working with solutions to generate clean energy, will also open. Of the R$5 million planned in the first three years for the equipment, about 25% will be invested in innovation and technology. The Sebrae Renewable Energy Center is expected to be integrated by the third year of the project, a period called the third wave, when equipment will gain impact on the grid and generate cash from solutions built to become self-sustaining.
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