Engie is to open a research centre in Brazil to act as the company’s regional hub for innovations in wind, solar, biogas and hydrogen projects as well as new technologies for Smart Cities.

The company’s Brazilian unit has already signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and the Santa Catarina government.
Renewables Now reports that Engie Lab Brasil will be the company’s second such centre in South America after a similar facility was opened in Chile in 2014. The Brazilian lab is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The research centre will step up Engie’s investments in Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) in Brazil, which currently amount to about $4m per year, the company said.

Engie Lab projects will be developed in partnership with research entities, companies and startups. It will focus on schemes that contribute to the company’s new business or improve the solutions already offered by the group in Brazil and worldwide.

“There is the prospect of exporting innovations and technologies developed in Brazil,” said Mauricio Bahr, CEO of Engie Brasil.