Petrobras Opens Biofuels R&D Center | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 29 | p. 22 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 16, 2012

Petrobras Opens Biofuels R&D Center

Department: Business
Keywords: Brazil, biofuels, UFRJ
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Petrobras’ biofuels center includes this microalgae cultivation reactor.
Credit: Petrobras
Photo of an algae microreactor at Petrobras’ biofuels technology center at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
 
Petrobras’ biofuels center includes this microalgae cultivation reactor.
Credit: Petrobras

Brazilian state oil company Petrobras and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) have established a center for bio-fuels at UFRJ’s Cidade Universitária campus. Built at a cost of $2.5 million, the 22,000-sq-ft center is equipped with 16 labs and three pilot plants. Researchers at the center will use biotechnology and chemical engineering to develop biofuels processes. A Petrobras process for making ethanol from sugarcane bagasse, set for commercialization in 2015, is rooted in research done at UFRJ.

 
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