XX SNPTEE - National Seminar on Generation & Transmission of Electric Power

by Hyder DoCarmo, OMICRON electronics Corp. USA

The XX SNPTEE, or "SeminÂrio Nacional de Produção e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica"  was held 22-25 November in Brazil, at Recife's Pernambuco Convention Center.  Recife, one of the oldest cities in Brazil founded by the Portuguese in 1537, is located in the Northeastern region of the country and is also known as the Venice of Brazil.  The city and its people are vibrant and host some of the most famous carnivals in Brazil every year.

Sponsored by CIGRE-Brasil since 1971, the SNPTEE is a biannual event.  The tenth edition brought together more than 1800 electric power industry professionals representing Brazilian utilities, equipment manufacturers, engineering companies, academia, and consultants. The event's focus is to promote information exchange and experiences among various study groups covering electricity generation and transmission, with the intent to improve quality of services, productivity and competition in the Brazilian electric utility industry.  In its tenth edition in 2009, the SNPTEE was hosted by CHESF, or "Companhia Hidro Elétrica do São Francisco", one of the largest utilities in the country, and consisting of approximately 620 MW of generating capacity, 14 hydroelectric power plants, and in excess of 18,000 km of transmission lines at 69kV, 138kV, 230kV, and 500kV. Among the sessions covering all relevant topics of the power industry today, some hot topics were:

  • PMU applications for monitoring the integrated national transmission system
  • IEC 61850-based protection and automation systems applied to hydroelectric plants
  • Harmonizing environmental concerns with the continued growth of the Brazilian electrical sector
  • Large rotating machine online monitoring  

The event also included a large exposition hall featuring booths and displays from the major Brazilian utilities, the national system operator ONS, equipment manufacturers, and other institutions supporting the electric industry.

Sponsored by CIGRE - Brasil since 1971, the XX SNPTEE is the largest event dedicated to the electric industry in Brazil.

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