Brazil has strong credentials in terms of sustainable energy. It was a pioneer in biofuels and has a world leading ethanol industry - and the majority of its electricity is generated from hydro power. Now the Brazilian wind and solar energy markets are also taking off rapidly, in response to growing demand for energy – and helped by favourable government policies offering long term contracts to developers. Dedicated auctions over recent years, have helped wind power prices decline and for wind to become established in Brazil. Solar looks set to follow a similar trajectory: although no solar projects were successful in the recent (November 2013) energy auctions, dedicated solar auctions are likely next year.
High Growth Renewables: Brazil is part of a series of Cleantech Investor events which kicked off earlier this year with High Growth Renewables: India. The event is also affiliated to the Brazil Wind Energy Conference and Brazil Solar Energy Conference series of events which take place in Brazil.
High Growth Renewables: Brazil, sponsored by K&L Gates takes place over a morning, in London, close to St Pauls. The event will focus on the key Brazilian States operating in the renewables sector and will include representatives from both the Government of the State of Bahia and from companies active in Bahia, one of the states most well endowed with renewable energy resources in the country. There will also be speakers representing other industries such as ethanol and a discussion on the opportunities for UK and European companies to do business in Brazil.
- Hear from the Government of Bahia at High Growth Renewables: Brazil on the outcome of the November auctions and potential for future auctions for wind and solar energy.
- Bahia State representatives will also present the new wind map which indicates a significant increase in wind energy potential in the state over previous estimates.
- An update on the Brazilian ethanol market
- Experiences from UK and European companies operating in the Brazilian market - in sectors including wind turbine manufacturing (Gamesa of Spain), wind and solar project development (ENEL of Italy) and biofuels (Whitefox Technologies of the UK).
- In addition, Cleantech Investor will launch a new ‘Infocus’ publication: Bahia: Rolling Out Renewable Energy
The agenda for the event will be as follows:
8.00 am - Registration and Breakfast
8.40 am - Speaker Panel
Introduction - Renewable Energy / Bioenergy in Brazil
Ethanol (/biofuel) industry - challenges and opportunities
Renewable energy - adding wind and solar to the mix
Case Study: the State of Bahia and Wind Energy
- Renewable Energy Project development in Bahia
- The manufacturing hub in Salvador / Camacari
Panel Discussion: Doing business in Brazil / Bahia
Launch of Cleantech Investor's Bahia publication
11.30 am - Close
Speakers will include:
Marc was behind the launch of the K&L Gates Brazilian office in 2011. K&L Gates LLP comprises more than 2,000 lawyers who practice in 48 offices located on five continents.
Bahia is one of the largest states in Brazil and has some of the largest resources of wind energy. It is located in the north east of Brazil, which is experiencing econoimc growth at 'Chinese growth rates' and it is planning major infrastructure investment. Paulo will provide details of Bahia's recently published wind map and will discus the opportunities for companies in the wind power manufacturing cluster which has emerged in the State. In addition to renewable energy resources, the state has important petrochemical and automotive manufacturing industries and has some of the best resources of shale gas in Brazil.
Gamesa (speaker to be confirmed)
Spanish company Gamesa, which is a leading wind turbine manufacturer, has established a manufacturing base closer to Salvador, the capital of Bahia. Gamesa will speak on the opportunities for companies in the wind power supply chain in Bahia and Brazil generally.
Enrique will speak about renewable energy project development in Brazil, where ENEL is an important operator in the wind and solar sectors.
Whitefox Technologies, a UK company, provides services to Brazilian ethanol companies. Gillian will speak about her experiences of doing business in Brazil - and will provide an overview of the Brazilian ethanol market.
Anne will provide a summary of 'Cleantech Infocus: Bahia - Rolling out Renewable Energy', which will be launched at the event.
Who should attend?
- Institutional, private equity and venture capital investors with a focus on the Brazil market and an interest in energy
- Corporate advisors and consultants working in cleantech and renewable energy
- Renewable energy project developers or equipment suppliers interested in the Brazilian market
- Government and not for profit organisations with an interest in Brazil- and specifically renewable energy in Brazil.