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IFGR session no. 4: Energy and hydroelectricity models

Fourth international session of the IFGR panel – from 13 to 17 March 2017, at Itaipu (Paraguay). Session theme: Hydroelectricity & energy models.

Itaipu (Paraguay) le 13/03/2017

The fourth session of the IFGR panel was held at Itaipu, where the dam of the same name is located, at the border between Paraguay and Brazil.

On the basis of this example, the IFGR panel studied issues relating to major development projects, sharing the added value generated, and the future of centralised production and energy supply models.

The Itaipu dam on the Parana river.

The Itaipu dam is the most productive dam in the world in terms of energy and has the second largest installed capacity after the Three Gorges Dam in China. It is managed jointly by Paraguay and Brazil in the framework of a binational treaty ratified in 1973 and renegotiated in 2009.

The primary economic resource of Paraguay, it is a strategic infrastructure for the development of this landlocked country lying between Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia.

  • Localisation: Brazil/Paraguay border.
  • Construction: between 1975 and 1982.
  • Annual production: 96,400 GWh (no. 1 in the world).
  • Installed capacity: 14,000 MW (no. 2 in the world).
  • Number of turbine units: 20 (8 units in operation simultaneously).
  • The main actors involved: Itaipu Binacional – management company / Electrobas – Brazilian national electricity company, the main purchaser of Itaipu’s electricity.

Are we on the path to new energy models?

In certain territories, for example, very remote villages, connection by lines stretching several hundred kilometres over desert regions is not the best solution. Are we ready to accept the emergence of territories independent in terms of energy, regarding both its production and distribution?

Resilience, individual responsibility, energy storage, security, etc. What are the arguments

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