Innovation, Research and Development
Innovation, linked to Research and Development, is a material theme for the Company, whose initiatives are developed by several directorates, especially with regard to the culture of innovation.
Besides the culture, significant improvements are being implemented in the processes. We highlight, for example, the creation of the innovation sector within the Business Development Board, whose performance has promoted the insertion of the innovation theme as part of the Company’s Investment Policy concomitant with the creation of the Investment and Innovation Committee, with the objective of accelerating initiatives of interest to the Group. Thus, the Company now allocates a reserve of resources for investment in innovation projects, in addition to the resources traditionally already allocated to Aneel’s regulated R&D program.
As an unfolding of this initiative, Copel implemented the Open Innovation Program with startups, COPEL VOLT. The Program is an initiative inserted in the innovation strategy aligned to the corporate strategy and aims to take advantage of the synergy of innovation ecosystems and the agility of startups to implement solutions, generating value for Copel’s stakeholders.
In this way, the program aims to give agility in the development of new products and services for the implementation of new businesses and the insertion in new markets. Open innovation is a model that companies are increasingly adopting in response to a world increasingly characterized by global business entities and open information sharing.
Copel’s proposal aims to increase and accelerate these efforts, boosting the ecosystem in order to solve technical problems for the corporation and supply the required capabilities. The Company’s actions, related to innovation, are directly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), proposed by the UN, of which Copel is a signatory.
In addition, Copel signed a technical cooperation agreement with the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) for the use of a technological sandbox, or living laboratory of technologies for Smart Cities, called Living Lab. The space, which also counts on partnership with the Itaipu Technological Park (ITP), is located in the city of Foz do Iguaçu and will serve to implement actions aimed at the public interest, enabling the adoption of sustainable policies and dissemination of innovative business models in urban mobility and smart cities, promoting the entire associated production chain.
The structures of ABDI’s demonstration environments, in the State of Paraná, will be available for Copel to implement and test technological solutions related to Smart Cities, either through direct actions, or indirectly, via partners or startups selected in the Open Innovation Program.
Innovation is one of Copel’s values in its strategic reference. In the corporate strategic guidelines, there is the need to foster innovation as a lever for growth, increase customer satisfaction and loyalty, and improve processes.
Considering the theme innovation as a key factor for sustained growth, viability and increased well-being and development of society, innovation at Copel is no longer a matter only for the research and development areas and has become a pursuit of the entire Company. Copel sees clearly the importance of innovation to remain active and strong in the markets where it operates.
Research and Development
Copel has had a consolidated program aimed at Research and Development (R&D) projects since 2000, which allocates resources for scientific and technological research projects in accordance with the criteria established by the National Agency of Electrical Energy – ANEEL, prioritizing the achievement of results of practical application, with a focus on the creation and improvement of products, processes, methodologies and techniques.