Aug 9, 2019
The opening of the natural gas market in Brazil, announced in July, makes giants like Siemens move to gain space in the energy sector.
In an innovation event the German multinational announced that it is analyzing 26 thermoelectric projects in Brazil, such as the Port of Açu in Rio de Janeiro, and plans to zero carbon emissions globally by 2030.
According to André Clark, CEO of Siemens Brazil, the projects include high efficiency natural gas thermo-generation plants, using LNG or pre-salt exploited gas, which must be completed within four years. “Carbon emissions can fall up to 6%,” predicts the executive.
At a presentation at the “Siemens Forum 2019: Innovation in Focus” in Sao Paulo, Joe Kaeser, CEO of the German giant, also revealed that Siemens should invest more than R $ 2.5 billion in infrastructure, electricity and oil projects and gas in Brazil by 2022. But for that, he wants to know the main projects planned by the federal government.
In March last year, Siemens signed an agreement with Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency) to invest 1 billion euros in the country (R $ 4.47 billion). Of the total, R $ 1.4 billion has already been invested in electric power projects, including the acquisition of 20% of Micropower-Comerc battery storage company, operation disclosed on Monday (5/8).
The agreement also includes the construction and operation of a 1,300 megawatt thermal natural gas plant at Açu port in Rio de Janeiro – a project in which Siemens joined as partner of Prumo Logística and oil company BP, with a 33% stake. .
To meet the infrastructure demand in Brazil, Siemens has seven research and development centers that create technology primarily for the electricity sector. The hubs are located near universities in Belo Horizonte (MG), Curitiba (PR), Sao Paulo (SP), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Jundiaí (SP), Manaus (AM) and Canoas (RS). “We have 300 people working in these centers. The population has doubled in the last two years, ”calculates Clark.
In June, Siemens inaugurated the MAC (MindSphere Application Center), a space for research and development of digital solutions in Jundiaí, São Paulo. The hub also provides programs with universities and startups that contribute to agile project development methods. “Cybersecurity is at the heart of the company’s R&D sector. Brazil is advanced in safety, but the risks grow at the same rate, ”compares Clark.
Globally, in 2016 Siemens founded Next 47, a separate unit of the multinational to foster disruptive ideas and accelerate the development of new technologies, mainly through partnerships and startup contributions.
Next 47’s director points out that among the investments already made are Markforged, which manufactures 3D printers for carbon fibers and stainless steel; Turvo, logistics, and Claroty, systems monitoring. ”