Organized by RCGI, the event discusses policies, production, and applications of biogas in both countries

This Thursday, August 24, the workshop “Dialogues between Brazil and Denmark regarding the Production of Biogas/Biomethane and Applications” will be held in the auditorium of USP’s Energy and Environment Institute (IEE/USP). The event is coordinated by Professor Suani Teixeira Coelho, who teaches at the IEE and is a researcher for the FAPESP Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI), where she heads up the project “The Perspectives for Biomethane’s Contribution to Increasing the Offer of Natural Gas”.

The workshop is free and open to the public, via a limited number of registrations. It will be held in English (with no translation). Registration can be made at Professor Julio Romano Meneghini, RCGI’s Scientific Director, will give the opening words of welcome to attendees at 9:30 a.m., followed by Professor Colombo Tassinari, Director of IEE/USP; Stina Nordsborg, of Innovation Centre Denmark; and Professor Raul Machado, Director of International Relations for USP. The Undersecretary of Renewable Energy of the State of São Paulo, Antonio Celso de Abreu Junior, will round out the first half hour of the opening moments.

From 10:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m., the subject “Biogas Status and Policies” will be discussed. The panel will be formed by Professors Suani Coelho, Jens Bo Holm-Nielsen of the University of Aalborg, and Alessandro Gardemann, of the Brazilian Association of Biogas and Biomethane (Abiogás).

After a brief coffee break, Professor Virginia Parente (IEE/USP) will lead the session that continues the debate regarding “Biogas Policies”. This time with Professor Rikke Lybeak, of the University of Roskilde, Pietro Sampaio Mendes, of the National Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Biofuels Agency (ANP), and Luciano Oliveira, of the Energy Research Company (EPE).

The public will have from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. to discuss with the experts the points brought up in the first two sessions. After lunch, Marilia Fanucchi, from the Department of Renewable Energy Sources of the State of São Paulo, will be the moderator of the session on the “Production of Biogas”. The invited guests will make short presentations. Professor Jens Bo Holm-Nielsen, of the University of Aalborg, will present an overview of the availability of biomass for producing biogas in Denmark and in Europe (“Sustainable Biomass for Biogas – a Danish and European Perspective”). The subject continues with a presentation by Professor Soren Ugilt Larsen (“Danish Examples of Agricultural Biomass Resources for Biogas Production”).

Vinasse, which is being exhaustively studied by Professor Suani Teixeira Coelho, is the subject of the presentation by Professor Jin Mi Trioli, of the University of Southern Denmark (“Optimization of Mono-digestion of Vinasse in the Biorefinery Chain”). After him, Professors Claudio Oller, one of the Directors of RCGI’s Physicochemistry Program, and Gilberto Martins, of the Federal University of the ABC (UFABC), will speak.

“Biogas Upgrade” is the subject of the next-to-last discussion session of the event, with the Chairman being Professor Bruno Carmo, Vice Scientific Director of RCGI. The panel will be composed of Professors Alastair James Ward, of the University of Aarhus, and Samuel Melegari, of UNIOESTE, as well as Pedro Paixão, Manager of Applications for Cabot Brazil.

Finally, in the last session, case studies will be presented by Michael Støckler, of the Agro Business Park; Aurélio de Souza, of Usinazul; and Felipe Souza Marques, of CiBiogas. The event will end at 6:00 p.m.

Workshop: Dialogue between Brazil and Denmark on Production of Biogas/Biomethane and Applications

When: August 24, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Place: Auditorium of the Energy and Environment Institute (Av. Professor Luciano Gualberto, 1,289 – Cidade Universitária – São Paulo, SP).