PTI completes 15 years of history and stands out as a reference in sustainable actions in the territory
The Itaipu Technological Park (PTI), an arm of the world's largest clean and renewable energy producer, has been outstanding in innovation and sustainable technology in the western region of Paraná and on the border with Paraguay and Argentina. The strong performance in research and innovative projects opened space for new markets and attracted the interest of other countries. It is 15 years of history, celebrated through partnerships with several institutions, national and international, with positive results for 2018.
Agreements and business
In 2017 alone, the PTI signed 67 new projects, out of 166 executed over the period, and 177 along its trajectory. Currently, the Park has 170 initiatives, among 44 signed agreements aimed at fostering research, technological innovation, territorial development and dissemination of culture as a crucial factor for the construction of critical mass.
The Park's Business Incubator also brought prominence. From 2006 to 2017, 56 companies went through the Incubator, generating a turnover of around R$ 50 million. There are ten companies incubated and another nine approved in early November for incubation, starting in January 2019. Altogether, the business made possible by the Incubator foresees a turnover of approximately R$ 6.5 million by the end of this year, between jobs and income generated in the entire western region.
Training of people
In the educational field, PTI contributed to the training of more than 2,600 professionals, through partnerships with the Federal University of Latin American Integration (Unila), the State University of the West of Paraná (Unioeste) and the Open University of Brazil ( UAB), located in the Park area. Between the years 2006 and 2018, the Park supported 900 graduates in higher education courses and 1425 professionals in specialization courses. In this period, the PTI also provided support to students for the completion of 242 masters and 36 doctorates.
In the last year, PTI has been consolidating its role as a reference in sustainable technologies related to the water-energy-food nexus through the formalization of partnerships with foreign institutions. This internationalization of the Park promotes not only the exchange of information, but also the acceleration of development and innovation processes for the entire trinational region by having partner countries such as the United States, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, China, Denmark, Germany, Paraguay, Argentina, as well as representatives of the United Nations (UN).
Among the fruits of this internationalization is an agreement with India for the development of supercomputers - high-performance machines used for scientific and military research - and the implementation of the HPC-Lab in the Park in 2018. Another outstanding partnership is the one signed with French universities for the development of projects under the theme of Sustainable Cities, currently structured in the PTI through a specific laboratory to enable strategic actions of national and international scope.
More than 120 business proposals were registered in the incubation announcement in 2018.
Also in 2018, PTI released a study conducted by a technical team of the Park, based on a methodology aimed at measuring the so-called intangible assets, taking into account all investments made by the institution that return to society, especially the West region. Among the generation of knowledge, research and development of sustainable technologies, the PTI group attributed a value of more than R$ 1 billion to the Park's actions.
The research focused on the analysis of intangible assets due to their representativeness, which, unlike concrete tangible assets, are given through the knowledge, practices and attitudes that make up the value of the institution. Given the demand from Itaipu Binacional, issued in 2014 in its presentation of results to the maintainer, PTI developed the analysis as a way to go beyond the costs avoided by the Park in order to better measure its performance in the territory. The study was conducted in 2017, based on data collected under the year of 2016, resulting in the final value of R$ 1.127 billion.
According to Jorge Augusto Callado, PTI's superintendent director, the Park's actions focused on sustainability in the region consolidate the institution as a transforming agent of the territory. Through research in the area of renewable energies and the promotion of entrepreneurial culture, Callado highlights, PTI promotes the generation of jobs and income, as well as the use and sustainable development of biomethane and photovoltaic energy in the region.
The director also highlights the technological evolution of the PTI that has been applied not only to Itaipu, but also in several municipalities in terms of planning and management resulting from agreements signed between the two institutions. "The 15 years of operation of the PTI symbolize the improvement, evolution and a reinforcement of the paths towards sustainability throughout the territory," says Callado.