Olympic opportunity... The UK based Carbon Trust is to provide the Brazilian national electricity operator, ONS, with best practice advice learnt from the 2012 London Olympics Games as Brazil prepares itself for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Analysis has found that the variation in power consumption during the Olympics could increase by as much as 6 gigawatts in less than 10 minutes – that’s the equivalent of six nuclear power stations, or twice the electricity demand of Rio de Janeiro. The project will draw lessons from how the UK prepared its grid to provide dozens of sports venues, transport conduits, and broadcasting stations with high quality, reliable power, while responding to the hard-to-predict ‘overlay’ caused by non-sport activity, like busier restaurants and stronger household demand. The project’s findings will also help ONS with the World Cup that Brazil will host in 2014.
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