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Coppe’s Director takes part in the Delegation of President Dilma in China

The director of UFRJ’s Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering, Luiz Pinguelli Rosa, joined the Brazilian delegation headed by President Dilma Rousseff during the official visit to China, in April 2011. Pinguelli attended the Third Meeting of BRICS, in Sanya, and delivered a speech about Renewable Sources in the “Brazil – China Debate about Science, Technology and Innovation” Panel, promoted by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology, in April 12th, in Beijing. The event was part of the activities of the official visit of the Brazilian President to China. Coppe’s Vice-Director, Aquilino Senra, also took part in the delegation of the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology.    

At the Panel, Coppe’s director presented research projects that are being developed at the institute and whose aim is to reduce costs and make biofuel production more efficient. Research to be developed at Coppe in partnership with the Tsinghua University in China anticipates a new process that uses enzymes in the biodiesel production. This technology will be tested in the pilot plant that will be installed at Coppe’s International Virtual Institute for Global Change (IVIG), in Rio de Janeiro. Coppe’s researchers will evaluate the costs of production of this technology according to the Brazilian reality. This technology can improve the use of oil and its residues.

At the Panel about Renewable Sources, Coppe’s director presented another project on biofuel that is being developed in Brazil by Coppe, in partnership with UFRJ’s Chemistry Institute. This project, which has aroused interest in the Chinese who attended the meeting, is aimed at producing ethanol from the sugar cane bagasse, which makes it possible to double in number the ethanol productivity without having to increase the planted area or compete with sugar production or with any other food production.
In 2009, Coppe and the Tsinghua University created the Brazil-China Center for Climate Change and Energy Innovative Technologies. The Sino-Brazilian partnership is concentrated in the areas of climate change and energy technologies. The Center was created with the help of Finep, the Brazilian Innovation Agency, and is headquartered at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, where an office is maintained for the coordination of activities and the establishment of contacts with Brazilian and Chinese companies potentially interested in technologies that will be jointly developed by both countries.