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Durham Energy Institute


Brazilian Delegation Visits DEI Smart Grids Lab

(29 June 2015)

Brazilian Delegation Visit DEI Smart Grid Lab

On Wednesday 17 June 2015 the DEI hosted a visit from a Brazilian delegation interested in Smart Grid technology. The delegation comprised; Fernando Perrone, Regulation Director at Eletrobras Holding, João Marcelo Cavalcante de Albuquerque, Energy Regulation Specialist at the National Power Regulatory Agency (ANEEL), Juliano Carneiro, Energy Regulation Specialist at ANEEL, Ricardo Ross, Head of Distribution , Technology Department at Eletrobras Research Centre (CEPEL), Cesar Jorge Bandim, Technology Analyst and Researcher at CEPEL and Leisa Souza, Energy Policy Advisor – British Embassy Brasilia.

Dr Behzad Kazemtabrizi, Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Mr Ahmad Ibrahim, PhD student in Power Systems and Dr Mahmoud Shahbazi, Post-doctoral Research Associate in DC Networks  led the visit which comprised a presentation on Smart Grid research at Durham, a tour of the Smart Grid lab, a showcase presentation of the DEI by Ms Jacki Bell, Research Impact Officer in the DEI followed by an open discussion on topics of common interest and next steps.


The discussion proved very interesting for CEPEL and ANEEL, who have different challenges to the UK especially around electricity theft and emissions reduction. They are currently developing their strategy for smart grid investment in Brazil and were keen to hear experiences from the recent Low Carbon Network Revolution (LCNR) Smartgrid project led jointly by Durham and Newcastle University as well as the capabilities of the Real Time monitoring at Durham’s Smartgrid Laboratory.


ANEEL was also interested in developing their links with British Universities and offer short term funding to allow staff, students and researchers to undertake knowledge exchange visits or shadow programmes.


CEPEL also expressed interested in making links with universities in terms of knowledge transfer regarding the construction of Smartgrid Labs and are currently working with the World Bank on a Lap project in Rio. Their project is an initial phase of mapping out models for the labs and technology, exchange of best practice.


If you would like to contact any of the delegates please get in touch with the DEI Office team at DEI.ADMIN@DURHAM.AC.UK