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FAPESP BIOENERGY PROGRAM - BIOEN

 

The BIOEN Program aims to integrate comprehensive research on sugarcane and other plants that can be used as biofuel sources, thus assuring Brazil’s position among the leaders in the area of Bioenergy. Research includes from biomass production and processing to biofuel production and its impacts.

 

BIOEN has a solid core for supporting academic exploratory research related to these topics. It is expected that these exploratory activities will generate new knowledge and form scientists and professionals essential for advancing industry capacity in ethanol related technologies.

On top of this, the FAPESP Program for Research on Bioenergy establishes partnerships with industry for cooperative R&D activities between industrial laboratories and academic laboratories at universities and research institutes, which are to be co-funded by FAPESP and industry.

For these collaborations the details for each theme are specified according to the interest of the private partners and to FAPESP commitment to fostering research in the State of São Paulo. Other research agencies from federal and other state governments were invited to participate in the BIOEN Program: the Ministry for Science and Technology and Fapemig declared its interest and other agencies are studying their commitment.

The program is built with five divisions:

Biomass BIOMASS RESEARCH WITH FOCUS ON SUGARCANE, INCLUDING PLANT IMPROVEMENT AND FARMING
biorefinerie BIOREFINERY TECHNOLOGIES AND ALCOHOL CHEMISTRY
ethanol1 BIOFUEL INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES
Engines ETHANOL APPLICATIONS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES: OTTO CYCLE ENGINES AND FUEL CELLS
Impacts RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABILITY AND IMPACTS: SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, LAND USE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY