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Minister announces r$2 billion for projects like the Electric Vehicle
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19/06/2012

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Marco Antonio Raupp, will launch this week, during the United Nations Conference about Sustainable Development, Rio +20, a program worth R$2 billion, destined to projects of technological innovation, with a social and environmental profile.  One of the lines of credit of the new program, which will be called Brasil Sustentável (Sustainable Brazil), should attend the study and production of hybrid buses, for the transport of passengers, like the one developed by Binational Itaipu inside the Project Electric Vehicle.
   
The announcement was made in Warehouse 3, Mauá Pier, in Rio de Janeiro, during the opening of the Expo Sustainable Brazil Fair, promoted by the Studies and Projects Financer (Finep/MCTI). The Brazilian Itaipu CEO, Jorge Samek, attended the cerimony, beside the president of Finep, Glauco Arbix; the president of the National Confederation of Industries (CNI), Robson Andrade; the president of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (CNI), Helena Nader; and the president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), Jacob Palis.  
 
According to the minister, 75% of the amount will be destined to promote the innovation of the companies, with financed resources, and the rest, (R$ 500 million), subsidized for the development of new technologies. The resources will be released in 3 years. "The effort from now on does not belong only to the government, or to the businessmen, or to the operaries: it belongs to all of us together. We all have to give a part of our strength so this Brazilian nation goes forward", said Raupp in his speech, that defended the socially inclusive model of development, and responsible in the environmental aspect.
       
 Samek remembered the partnership that Itaipu already keeps with Finep, for the development of the new advanced sodium battery, that will equip the prototypes of Project VE, and the expectative of developing an energy accumulation system, with green batteries, allied to renewable sources, which may free the Fernando de Noronha Islands from the current diesel generators, one of the dirtiest sources of energy.
 
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"I think that during many years, there was this idea of breaking arms between the defenders of the development and the defenders of the environmental preservation.  There really were conflicts, but I think the Brazilian society gets mature, under the leardership of the government of President Dilma, and finally gets to the conclusion that attends all the aspirations of the several communities", he highlighted.
   
Large scale Production
   
The president of Finep, Glauco Arbix, confirmed the line of credit for hybrid buses and guaranteed that resources for innovation or new technologies won't lack.  "We hope to build the first 75 vehicles [buses] in two years, and put them in normal assembly line. We are going to finance the prototypes, the basic engineering projects, to make the executive and basic engineering", he commented. Other lines of research developed for Itaipu may also see benefits. "You can take all this smart grid area, of solid residues, the transformations of garbage in electricity", he said.
   
Reuse of residues for the generation of power
   
One of the booths in the fair, Itaipu and the Itaipu Technological Park (PTI), presents the experience of production of energy from the garbage of swine production in the West region of Paraná state.  The hybric electric-ethanol bus from Project VE, which transported State chiefs during the Mercosul Summit, in 2010, in Foz do Iguaçu, is also in Mauá Pier. "So the arc of dimensions and themes that we are going to support is very big".
   
Jorge Samek remembered the partnership that Itaipu already keeps with Finep, for the development of the new advanced sodium battery, that will equip the prototypes of Project VE, and the expectative of developing an energy accumulation system, with green batteries, allied to renewable sources, which may free the Fernando de Noronha Islands from the current diesel generators, one of the dirtiest sources of energy. "All of this is only possible because of the partnerships", the Brazilian Itaipu CEO put out.
   
Expo Brazil

Expo Sustainable Brazil goes on until Thursday, (21), from 11 am to 7 pm. In all, 27 participate with booths and share the area of 3,5 thousand square meters in Warehouse 3 of Mauá Pier.