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USTDA Supports Energy Distribution in Brazil

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

(USTDA)  Sao Paulo, Brazil – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development awarded a grant to Copel Distribuição, S.A., an electricity distribution company based in Curitiba, Brazil. The grant supports a pilot project of OSIsoft’s (San Leandro, CA) proprietary PI System, a cutting-edge technology that will enable Copel to collect, store, integrate, process and visualize large volumes of data in real-time. The PI System pilot will integrate information from five independent data centers across Copel’s network, which will optimize performance and inform business decisions for effective energy distribution.

The grant was signed by U.S. Consul General in São Paulo, Ricardo Zuniga, and Copel Distribuição President, Antonio Sérgio de Souza Guetter at the U.S. Commercial Service’s Distributed Energy Resources Technology Forum. The Forum showcased opportunities for grid modernization technology in Brazil’s electricity distribution sector.

“The U.S. Government is pleased to be supporting U.S. technology in Brazil,” Consul General Zuniga said. “OSIsoft will be working closely with Copel to provide detailed insight into Copel’s data network, increasing the efficiency of the power distribution network in the state of Paraná.”

President Guetter added, “This project will enhance the company's decision-making process, as well as its asset management, which are fundamental keys to maximizing Copel's return on investment. We are very proud to partner with the U.S. Government and OSIsoft.”

Nand Ranchandani, Director of Government Affairs at OSIsoft added, “We are very grateful to USTDA and COPEL for the opportunity to demonstrate the commercial and economic benefits that can be derived from OSIsoft’s real-time data infrastructure. This is a cutting edge system that can serve as a model to other utilities.”