Embrapa, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation – Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply – was one of ten research institutions of Brazil and of abroad, who met during the last week at the Itaipú Technological Park (PTI) in Fóz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil, to format the International Center for Renewable Energy – with emphasis on Biogas (CIER-Biogas). The Center will be launched during the United Nations for Sustainable Development, the Rio+20, held in June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
During two days of activities, Embrapa was represented by Executive-Director of Technology Transfer, Waldyr Stumpf Junior, by the Gerson Scheuerman, Deputy Head of Research and Development, representing the General Head of Embrapa Swine and Poultry, and by Deputy Head of Technology Transfer of Embrapa Agroenergy, Brasilia, Jose Manuel Cabral. The meeting was opened by the Brazilian General Director of Itaipu, Jorge Samek.
Coordinated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the future center will be the first in this form in Latin America and the only in the world with emphasis on biogas. UNIDO, represented at the meeting byTechnical Director Dmitri Piskounov, already has other centers with emphasis on renewable energy sources.
“Embrapa has interest on this project and to continue participating in these partnerships,” said Gerson Scheuermann, remembering that Embrapa Swine and Poultry also participates in the work of the Labiogás, Lab for the Centre for the Study of Biogas of the PTI.
The participants in the meeting also cognizance the Condomínio Ajuricaba, where 33 families in the interior of Marechal Candido Rondon, Paraná, Brazil, has the properties connected by a 25.5 km pipeline extension to a thermoelectric micro-station where the generated biogas is converted in electricity and thermal energy , used in a grain dryer.
The signature of the letter of intent between the partner organizations for the formation of biogas-CIER is scheduled for February 20th.
Source: Embrapa Swine and Poultry, January 31st, 2012
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Translated by Gilberto Silber Schmidt
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