1st August 2013 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

The UK's Carbon Trust will advise the Brazilian Electricity Operator on best practices learnt from the London 2012 Olympics.

ONS, the Brazilian national electricity operator will be working with the Carbon Trust to take advantage of its expertise and knowledge in helping to host the Olympics. Preparations are underway for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics which will be held in Rio de Janeiro; the first time the games have ever been held in South America.

The Olympics prove to be a challenging event for any city to host due to logistics and the various technical problems that could be encountered. The large, energy consuming stadiums, broadcasters from around the world, the domestic audience and service providers prove to be extremely draining on the power grid. Data shows that during the Olympics, power consumption can rise by as much as 6GW in less than 10 minutes; which is the double the average electricity demand of Rio de Janeiro.

Using the Carbon Trust's expertise and experience gained during London 2012, the Brazilian authorities hope to learn how to manage the power grid to optimal effect during the event. The scheme will look into the measures taken to provide reliable power to sporting venues, transportation buildings and broadcasting stations during the games. The extra tourism will also result in extra power being used at restaurants and bars while the games will also lead to higher domestic demand for people who were not lucky enough to get tickets.

The Associate Director of the Carbon Trust, James Rawlins said: "We are delighted to be working with the Brazilian authorities to play our part in helping ensure the success of the World Cup and the Rio Olympics. This work builds on a number of other projects we are undertaking in Brazil as we share our unique experience with a growing number of countries around the world." The consultation project will be funded by the British Embassy Brasilia and will run from June 2013 to July 2014.