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DuPont, Brazil and Advanced Materials for the Solar Industry

Leonidas Andrade, Marketing Manager Latin America, DuPont Electronics & Communication, works at DuPont Brazil since 1993. A founder of the Photovoltaic Systems Group at ABINEE (the Brazilian Electrical and Electronic Industry Association), he was the Director of this group since its creation five years ago. Earlier this year he stepped down from this position, but remains actively involved as the group Vice Director. Leonidas Andrade was a speaker at Brazil Solar Energy Conference (BSEC) 2015 and DuPont was a sponsor of the conference. Anne McIvor of Cleantech Investor interviewed him at the event.

First published on the Brazil Solar Energy Conference (BSEC) website in July 2015

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Anne: DuPont is a household name around the world – could you remind us a bit about the history of the company?

Leonidas: For 213 years, DuPont has brought world class science and engineering to the global marketplace through innovative products, materials and services. DuPont has been present in Brazil since 1937.

A: What are the most important strategic objectives of DuPont?

L: DuPont is proud to build on its heritage by partnering with others to tackle the unprecedented challenges in food, energy and protection now facing our world.

With the global population expected to approach nine billion by 2050, DuPont is working with customers, governments, NGOs and thought leaders to discover solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Together, we believe we can provide enough healthy food for the world’s population, protect people and the environment and decrease dependence on fossil fuels, with more sustainable energy solutions such as solar, for generations to come.

A: What are the key businesses areas for DuPont today?

L: Our market-driven innovation introduces thousands of new products and patent applications every year, serving markets as diverse as agriculture, nutrition, electronics and communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

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Brazil sets date for first solar auction of 2015

First published on the BSEC Blog, 16 March 2015

The Brazilian Government has confirmed that the first dedicated solar energy auction for 2015 will take place on 14 August. Utility scale solar developers who are successful in the auction will have two years to build their projects, after which they will be awarded a 20-year PPA (contract) for the supply of energy to the national grid.

The policy of Brazil’s Ministry of Mines & Energy involves dedicated solar energy auctions, which are intended to contribute to a diversification of the nation’s energy mix. Brazil has been suffering from severe droughts, which have depleted water levels in the hydro electricity reserves (the dominant source of electricity in Brazil) resulting in outages this year. The situation has forced Brazil to import electricity from neighbours.

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Brazil's first national solar auctions prove a success

Ftirt published on the Cleantech Investor website, November 2014

The first dedicated solar auction took place in Brazil on 31 October 2014. The auction was – on the face of it – a great success, awarding contracts to 31 projects with combined capacity of 1,048 MW. The average price contracted in the October 2014 auction was R$21512 / MW hour, a 17.9% discount on the auction opening price of R$262.22 / MW hour.

The race is now on for manufacturers to deliver equipment (preferably locally manufactured in order for the project developers to benefit from favourable financing from the local development bank, BNDES) on time to these 31 projects, which must start to deliver energy to the grid by October 2017. There are discussions on bridge financing from private sector banks.

 

CPV - an oasis in the CSP desert?

First published in Cleantech magazine, Volume 6, Issue 1. Copyright Cleantech Investor Ltd

CSP desert

With solar photovoltaic prices plummeting, Denis Gross looks at the rise of Concentrated Solar Photovoltaic technology.
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