Event will include a series of presentations of research projects – most of which from the Brazilian Research Center for Natural Gas Innovation

Mitsui Brazil, Petrobras, and Ecogen are some of the companies attending the “Natural Gas & Future Energy System Workshop”, which will take place in São Paulo, next Friday (11/11/2016), at the Polytechnical School of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP). The representatives of these companies will obtain a deeper understanding of what USP’s researchers are developing in their studies focusing on natural gas. They will probably speak about the plans and interests of their companies in this sector.

Confirming their presence at the workshop are Shinji Tsuchiya, President of Mitsui Brazil; Osvaldo Kawakami, General Manager of Petrobras in Santos; Nelson da Silva Cardoso de Oliveira, CEO of Ecogen; Alexandre Breda, Shell’s Regional Manager for External Research and Innovation; and Julio Meneghini, academic coordinator of the Research Centre for Gas Innovation – RCGI. The São Paulo State Secretary of Energy, João Carlos de Souza Meirelles, will open the workshop.

The event is being organized by Poli-USP’s Tanque de Provas Numérico and by RCGI, in association with Mitsui Brazil. Most of the projects will be presented by RCGI – a center for excellence sponsored by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and by Shell. The Academic Director of RCGI will present a summary of the 29 ongoing projects. Project leaders will also make presentations giving more details regarding some of them.

“Natural gas is more and more important for Brazil and the world. It will likely substitute coal at thermoelectric plants that still operate with this type of energy source; and it will be increasingly used by industry and by society, in general. This energy source is less pollutant than coal and diesel oil and, if properly used, it can help reduce carbon emissions, not only in Brazil, but all over the world,” Meneghini summarized.

According to him, a possible partnership with Mitsui Brazil could be strategic for RCGI. The Japanese company invests in a variety of sectors: steel, mining, and energy, for example. Mitsui Gas and Power Brazil, founded in 2006, is a holding company that has equity interest in eight natural gas distributing companies in Brazil. “Mitsui will play a fundamental role in the distribution of natural gas and in the solution of logistical problems related to this energy source. This is a very important potential partnership.”

Service: The “Natural Gas & Future Energy System Workshop” will be held on November 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the auditorium of the Administration Building of Poli-USP (Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, travessa 3, no. 380, Cidade Universitária – São Paulo). See the program schedule here: http://bit.ly/2fxBL8D

For more information: eventos@poli.usp.br or (11) 3091-5577, with Rosany or Regina.