Scientists, researchers, representatives of the Brazilian government, regulatory and petroleum agencies to meet at Sustainable Gas Research Innovation, with a focus on natural gas exploration

“Transforming gas to transform the future” is the theme of the third edition of Sustainable Gas Research and Innovation (SGRI) conference, which takes place on September 25 and 26, in São Paulo. This annual meeting is organized and promoted by the FAPESP Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI), in conjunction with Sustainable Gas Innovation (SGI), connected with the Imperial College London. The two institutions are partners in research projects that seek technologies that a capable of optimizing the role of natural gas within the world’s energy panorama, and they have a special interest in such subjects as carbon capture and abatement, the transformation of CO2 into value-added products, the regulation of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) initiatives, and others.

The event will have lectures by seven keynote speakers, including representatives of Petrobras, Shell, the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources of the University of Texas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Brazilian Company for Research and Industrial Innovation (EMBRAPII), and Brazil’s National Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Biofuels Agency (ANP).

They will talk about successful technologies and initiatives for carbon abatement in projects that involve companies and governments; methane emissions; regulatory measures; investments expected in Brazil’s natural gas; and the efforts of Petrobras to minimize the emissions of its production processes. Presentations take place in the plenary sessions, in the opening morning sessions and in the afternoons of the two-day event.

There will also be parallel and sequential sessions in which scientists from the two institutions will present the results of their studies. Some 30 researchers sent their work, in advance, to be selected for presentation within the scope of eight overall subjects: laws, regulations, and policies; utilization and decarbonization of CO2; CO2 capture; infrastructure and general knowledge regarding CO2; storage and monitoring; methane emissions; new uses for natural gas; and natural gas infrastructure.

Oral presentations take place in three parallel sessions, in the morning and the afternoon. Two poster sessions will be presented on TV screens spread throughout the foyer, outside the auditorium. The event will close with a panel discussion by five of the speakers. Eleven SCI scientists are expected to be in attendance. On the Brazilian side, the organizers are counting on the presence of the RCGI’s 250 researchers.

The opening session of the event will be attended by officials from the University of São Paulo (USP), the São Paulo Foundation for Research Funding (FAPESP), and the government of the State of São Paulo, as well as executives of Shell, the RCGI’s Scientific Director, Júlio Meneghini, and the SGI’s Deputy Director, Adam Hawkes.

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Information: The III Sustainable Gas Research Innovation (SGRI) conference will take place on September 25 and 26, in the CDI/USP Auditorium (Av. Prof. Lúcio Martins Rodrigues, 310, Cidade Universitária, Butantã, São Paulo).