The presentation dealt with the role of hydroelectric plants in the insertion of renewable sources and international experiences (Gabon, Mexico and Colombia) with the use of the HERA Software in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. Representatives of IRENA, WWF, REN21, IFC, the Gabonese minister of water and energy and Rafael Kelman, representing PSR, also participated in the event.
The IHA Congress, which took place in Paris from May 14th to 16th, had panels about the importance of the hydroelectric plants in the penetration of renewables and the need for integrated studies. There was also a lot of discussion about project financing, including the issuance of green bonds. The planning of hydroelectric development with minimization of social and environmental impacts was recurrent, as well as the management of sustainability - themes closely related to the HERA model developed by PSR. There was also a lot of discussion about the role of pump-storage hydro with real applications in countries like Portugal and Israel, as well as regarding the use of floating solar energy systems in the reservoir of reversible plants.
The impacts of projects in indigenous areas were addressed in a specific panel with the presence of the Mundurukus’ representatives. The modernization of hydroelectric plants was also discussed. Itaipu, for example, has announced a complete digitalization of its auxiliary systems. Last but not least, the impact of climate change on hydroelectric plants was discussed in the Congress.