Ready…Set…Go! The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are finally underway! Behind the competitions and medal ceremonies, GE is working to ensure energy distribution and energy security at the Rio 2016 Olympic Facilities.

Gold medal in energy security!

Both the competition arenas as well as the IBC (International Broadcasting Center), the media center of the Rio 2016 Games, rely on GE UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) units, also known as no-breaks. In the event of a failure or instabilities in the electrical network, no-break systems go into action and temporarily feed the devices attached to them, ensuring that there are no blackouts or interruptions in power supply during the Rio 2016 Games.

In all, more than 3,000 GE no-break system units will be found throughout the Olympic Facilities. The electronic scorecards at arenas? No-breaks power them! The systems also ensure that IBC systems reach high energy efficiency levels with low consumption, reaching 90% efficiency, compared to 88% in previous models. About 1,500 no-break units will rely on technology for real-time monitoring. Therefore, any change in energy at each site can be detected and systems can act to correct failures in real time.

Explore some of the over 180 GE projects developed to ensure the success of the event with the interactive Rio 2016 Olympic Games' Technologies map.   

Energy comes to Rio de Janeiro!

Outside of the Rio 2016 Olympics, GE is responsible for generating a third (33%) of all energy in Brazil, exceeding 47 GW, which is more than enough energy to supply all of Argentina (35 GW).  More than 500,000 athletes and tourists from around the world are expected in Rio de Janeiro for the games, meaning the city will have an additional estimated power demand of 250 MW, enough to supply a city the size of San Jose, California!

To meet this anticipated demand, GE needs to ensure flexibility and operational stability at power plants, and central to this are the thermoelectric power plants located in municipalities around the Rio de Janeiro state capital.

UTE Baixada Fluminense, located in Seropédica, is powered with GE turbines and services, and is one of the units that will help ensure energy for locals, tourists and athletes alike during the Rio 2016 Games, with installed capacity of 530 MW. Another power plant complex is the Parnaiba, run by Eneva. With 7 GE’s Gas Power Systems gas turbines, the plant adds 3,722 MW of installed capacity, enough power to supply a city of 6.3 million inhabitants, like Rio de Janeiro.