Update by Natália

Hi! My name is Natália, I am 21 years old and I am currently in the sixth semester of Environmental Engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). It was always a dream to go abroad to study and to know the Netherlands for being a pioneer country in the environmental area. I am working in the project entitled “Comparison of the energy balance of sewage treatment plants” in which I am doing a cost/benefit analysis of biogas use in Europe. The university where I am working is The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) in one of the most important and beautiful cities of the Netherlands: Den Haag. Until now, Living Lab Biobased Brazil and this wonderful country are providing me a great experience!

Update by Rick

I am Rick Boogaard, student Chemical Engineering from Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. I am currently studying at PUC Minas in Belo Horizonte, I’m doing an internship about the optimisation of the biodiesel production. I am in Brazil for a month now, and I’m feeling very well! It is such a great experience. The first day I landed, my international buddy already took me to the beautiful places from Belo Horizonte. For example, I had a great view over the city. We also went to places as the freedom square, the emperors house, some great markets and parks. Also the weather in here is very good, it is a little bit dry, but you get used to it! Another great thing in here is that there are some small holidays, for example 2 weeks ago. Thursday was the day of liberty in here, so almost everybody took Friday off, and I went with my international buddy, 2 people who live in my house, and their 2 international buddies to Rio de Janeiro! This was an amazing experience. We first went to a beautiful beach at Arraial do Cabo, and then to the city Rio. We were 2 days at Ipanema beach, saw the ‘Christo’, the famous Christus sign in Rio. In short, it is fantastic! I can advise everybody to go and do an internship with Living Lab Biobased Brazil!

Update by Bárbara

My name is Bárbara Luiza Silva Santiago, I have the Biochemistry Major and currently, I am majoring in Chemical Engineering at UFV (Universidade Federal de Viçosa). I have always been delighted by the biobased economy concept and as an engineer, I want to perfect my knowledge in bioprocesses viability, in the economic and technical scope. Being part of Living Lab Program will have the great matter in my engineer career. In the project “Upgrading of Pyrolysis oil by esterification with alcohol” I hope to be useful due to my knowledge of biomolecules, and my experience in research labs. The exchange experience would be extremely important in my personal life. Experiencing another university like “Avans University of Applied Sciences” in another country with a different culture like the Netherlands would be a watershed in my personal growth. I am enjoying to meet new people besides improving my English skills and to have contact with Dutch. I want to get the maximum of knowledge that the expert teachers can offer so I can expand the most of my potential

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Update by Isabella

Hi, my name is Isabella, I’m a fifth year student of Chemical Engineering at the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV) and I am doing my internship at HAS University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch.

 

When I arrived in Amsterdam, my host, Katia, a Brazilian living in the Netherlands for 20 years, picked me up and drove me to Den Bosch. At the house, I found a basket of typical Dutch products, such as drops, breads and the amazing stroopwafel!!! On my first week, I joined the Welcome Days organized by the HAS, which included a delicious lunch, boat ride in the city canals and trip to a lake with other exchange and Dutch students. It was also on the first week that I had to face my most feared opponent in the Netherlands: a bicycle. After a couple of falls we are already (almost) friends.

 

I live with a really warm half-Brazilian half-Dutch family and only speak English at the University so listening to a lot of different languages in a day was confusing at first but we get used to it quickly. Since I do not know how to speak Dutch, I was apprehensive but everything flows well only with English (except for the long hours spent trying to figure out what is what at the supermarket) rs.

 

On my second weekend at the city, I caught the Open Monumentendag in the Netherlands and visited a few historical buildings in Den Bosch, which was pretty interesting. The whole city is actually quite beautiful, charming, safe and organized (the only thing missing is the sun… rs). The weather is something worth noticing. On my first week it was 30 degrees and now, two weeks later que average temperature during the day is 12 degrees with lots of wind and rain, which is colder than the hardest winter in my hometown (and it is still summer!!! Can’t agree with that).

 

I started my work at the HAS, met my colleagues and supervisor and they are all really nice people. The only difficulty that I am still facing is the lack of a proper hot dish for lunch, which still does not make sense to me. My supervisor invited me to join a couple of lectures related to Biobased Economy and Sustainable Development that were really interesting. The HAS is a school related to the agri-food sector, which is something that I’ve never studied, so I am having the chance to learn and to look at situations from a different perspective. Thus, besides the cultural experience, I can learn a lot about different ways of education, which I believe to be the goal of this whole experience. Looking forward to the next 4-5 months! 

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5 Brazilian students started their project in the Netherlands

The number of students going to the Netherlands for their internship will continue to grow. More and more students are going to the Netherlands and also this semester. Five Brazilian students from UFMG and UFV are going to run a project at Avans, HAS and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Let's introduce the students and their projects:

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Vinícius Freitas

UFMG

Avans University of Applied Sciences

Chemical Engineering

Research and development on biobased colourant


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Natália Sinisterra Cortés

UFMG

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Environmental Engineering

Comparison of the energy balance of sewage treatment plants


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Natália Fernandes Perdigão

UFV

Avans University of Applied Sciences

Chemical Engineering

Biorefinery of Lemna (Duckweed)


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Isabella de Castro Minhaneli

UFV

HAS University of Applied Sciences

Chemical Engineering

Enzymatic treatment and fermentation of biomass residues protocol development of biorefinery


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Bárbara Luíza Silva Santiago

UFV

Avans University of Applied Sciences

Chemical Engineering

Upgrading of Pyrolysis oil by esterification with alcohols


The above students will all complete a project. In addition to these students, two Brazilian students are following education at UFV and PUC Minas and will attend a semester lectures at Avans University of Applied Sciences. Their names are Caio Vasconcelos and Larissa Fernandes Ribeiro de Assis.

 

When you are interested in the projects or in the stories of the students, you can follow their blogs via this link. For questions, I will refer you to this email address.

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Review of Guilherme Salvador

Day after day, I understand better how worth was the experience in the Netherlands. In February 2017, I left Brazil to an internship at Avans, Breda. During the time abroad, a mix of positives and negatives moments and experiences made me evolve and recognize this personal change back in Brazil. I can mention relevant gains in three different aspects - personal, professional and cultural.

 

Certainly talking about our personal gains would be the most difficult part. However, I lived for five months among the Dutches, so I learned to be fair, direct and self-confident like them, keeping my Brazilian features as well. In fact, I am usually quite shy on formal situations, but when I was hit by the Dutch direct way, I also have to leave some parental lessons beside and impose my opinion like the natives do. If I act like that in Brazil, for sure I would lose a bunch of friends. We are indirect,sentimental and heart-broken “level soap opera”.

 

In the Engineering field I could be valuable, provide good results to the research group and the partner company involved on the project. Heading to the end of my bachelor in Brazil, thoughts like “what am I doing in here?” or “what can I add to the world?” commonly pass through my mind. However, by presenting my project and arguing with professors in the Center of Expertise Biobased Economy I could realize I was capable to deliver good results and ideas even in a dynamic and developed workplace like that. Moreover, because of my work in the project, we could bring the following steps to be developed in my Brazilian University. Everybody should keep in mind - Believe in your potential!

 

I always had the curiosity to live in Europe. I have already studied in the United States, and Europe was the other big reference to my country. In the same way of the Plato cave myth, when someone stays restrict to a country not well internationalized like Brazil, this person goes against the own mind/thought to fit her life on the “cave” perspective. Pushing ourselves to an experience abroad allow us to interact with people from different cultures, having wider understanding of Brazil and world. Moreover, it is possible changing some personal behaviors by facing and understanding other realities. As soon as we face cultural differences, we respect and learn from each other. That is a step closer to be a global citizen.

 

Therefore, I strongly recommend and encourage my friends at the University to go for a period abroad, either Living Lab Biobased Brazil or other oversea opportunity. The feeling of being out of your comfort zone in other country is a powerful tool to create better civilians, engineers and global citizens.

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12 students started their project in Brazil

The number of students going to Minas Gerais, Brazil for their internship grows. More and more students are going to Brazil and also this semester. Twelve Dutch and international students from Avans University of Applied Sciences and HAS University of Applied Sciences are going to run a project at UFMG, UFV and PUC Minas. Let's introduce the students and their projects:

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Michael Boot

Avans University of Applied Sciences

UFV

BTC

Protein extraction and concentration from microalgae for food and feed, automation and real time control for increasing microalgae productivity in open ponds, microalgae harvesting technologies for increasing oil productivity


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Celine Mancel

Avans University of Applied Sciences

PUC Minas

Environmental Engineering (ESSET)

Performance of an Anaerobic Osmotic Membrane Bioreactor for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Aiming at Potable Water Reuse


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Debora Dermadi

Avans University of Applied Sciences

PUC Minas

Environmental Engineering (ESSET)

A toxicity assessment of water contamination by pharmaceutical drugs


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Amber Jaspars

Avans University of Applied Sciences

UFV

Chemistry

Extraction of biomolecules using ionic liquids as adjuvants in polymer-based aqueous biphasic systems


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Enrique Smolders

Avans University of Applied Sciences

PUC Minas

Chemical Engineering

Reuse of residual cooking oil as raw material for biodiesel production


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Mathijs Muilwijk

Avans University of Applied Sciences

UFV

Chemical Engineering

Energy use of biogas from landfill effluent - Aspen modelling


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Rick Bogaard

Avans University of Applied Sciences

PUC Minas

Chemical Engineering

Production of biodiesel from bovine tallow


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Rob Hageman

Avans University of Applied Sciences

UFV

Chemical Engineering

Charcoal cooling in large retangular furnace: modeling and CFD simulation


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Lex Verheem

Avans University of Applied Sciences

UFV

Chemical Engineering

Aspen modeling of furfural and hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) production via dehydration of pentoses and hexoses


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Klaas Daalderop

Avans University of Applied Sciences

PUC Minas

Environmental Engineering

A toxicity assessment of water contamination by pharmaceutical drugs


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Leonie Puhe

HAS University of Applied Sciences

UFV

International Food and Agri Business (IFA)

Farming with nature and local knowledge in the Zona da Mata


The above students will all complete a project. In addition to these students, a Brazilian student following his education at HAS University of Applied Sciences will attend a semester lesson at UFV. His name is Felipe Villela.

 

When you are interested in the projects or in the stories of the students, you can follow their blogs via this link. For questions, I will refer you to this email address.

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Biobased Battle 2016

After the successful first edition Avans and UFMG organized the second edition of the Biobased Battle. The coffee industry was the appointed industry in this edition. 20 Dutch students and 20 Brazilian students worked together in teams of four people. The students came from different studies, such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Law and Economics and Management.

 

Considering the Brazilian market, the coffee production in the state of Minas Gerais is representative. With more than one million hectares planted, Minas Gerais produces more than 50% of the Brazilian coffee crop. The main export commodity in Minas Gerais agribusines and, coffee is sold to over 60 countries worldwide. Also, all the Brazilian coffee exportation to the Netherlands was from Minas Gerais in 2014. And finally, the Netherlands is the main country in Europe that traded coffee with Minas Gerais (imports and exports) in 2014. 

 

Furthermore, Brazil accounted for 15% of total coffee’s imports to the Netherlands in 2014, the biggest share when compared with other developing countries. The Netherlands is the eight-largest importer of green coffee in Europe, accounting for nearly 4% of all imports.  In 2014, Dutch imports of green coffee beans amounted to a total volume of 132 thousand tonnes (€328 million). The environmental impact of the industry in both countries is high and therefore interesting to work with.

 

Do you want to know more about the Biobased Battle concept? Please click here.

 

The week was made possible by the Dutch Embassy in Brazil.

Dutch part of the winners together with the Dutch jury.

CHALLENGE

This year the challenge is related to the coffee industry, mainly regarding the residues produced in the farms. Considering this, the guideline to the challenge is:

 

"How to optimize the coffee beans processing through treatment and reuse of wastes generated in the farms?"

SOLUTIONS

The result of the week is 10 applicable solutions for the research question.

 

The international jury assessed each solution on the criteria suitability to the challenge, innovation degree, market potential, environmental impact, feasibility and presentation.

 

Are you interested in the solutions? Contact the Living Lab via this link.

STUDENTS

The winner of the week was group 8. 

  • Thijs van der Wiel (Environmental Engineering)
  • Rafa Peris (Entrepreneurship)
  • Stijn van Hout (SME Business Management)
  • Carolina de Carvalho Rettore (Chemical Engineering)
  • Gabriel Tadeu Jacintho (Technological Chemistry)

PARTNERS 2016:

DOWNLOAD WINNING IDEA

Here you can download the presentation of the winning Biobased Battle 2016. Living Lab partners are investigating whether we can work out the ideas in a project.

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Brazilian students at Avans

Talitha Neves and Vitor Amaral come to Avans University of Applied Sciences to do their research. In September they started with their research. Thalita studies Chemical Engineering (BSc) at UFV and Vitor Chemistry (MSc) at UFMG. Below you find the introduction per student.

Thalita Neves

 I am Thalita, 22 years old and I am a chemical engineering student at the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil.  I was born in a country town of Minas Gerais, and as a good 'Mineira' I love cheese bread and coffee. I love my family, my boyfriend and my dogs, I also like to walk through quiet and full of trees places. I love to study (It is true! I really like it!) and I have came to this beautiful city which is Breda, to spend 6 months and do my internship in the area of biotechnological processes, this is the same line of research I did in Brazil. It 's the first time I have come abroad and I am having a great experience, there is no doubt this is a great opportunity to grow personally and professional. 

Vitor Amaral

My name is Vitor Amaral, I am 25 years old and I am a master student from Brazil. In Brazil, I live in Belo Horizonte city and I study chemistry (masters project eucalyptus pyrolysis) at the University Federal Minas Gerais – UFMG. I chose to study chemistry, because I always liked to better understand why and how something happens in nature and life. Also, try to make some difference in people’s life. Nowadays, I am doing an internship at Avans University in Breda about analyze of bioplastics. I chose this new challenge because I like challenges, also it is important to have experience of another point of view, learn a different way to solve problems and grow as a person with the experience in living in another country with different languages and a different culture. I almost forgetting to say that I love cycling, so I am in the right country!


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The Rationale of Development

Brazil is known as a country with great potential for production of bio-products from biomass. The country is very conveniently located in a tropical zone, has a lot of sunlight, abundant rainfall, a great size of rich flora and a large supply of available land. This makes Brazil very suitable for businesses. Agriculture in a sustainable manner, Brazil has 90 million hectares of agricultural land, but also about 210 million hectares of land, more or less is in a degraded state. Which can be used for regeneration after the production of food and crops for bio-industry.

  

In the Netherlands the Biobased Economy takes an important place in the circular economy and is an important and common goal for government, industry and knowledge institutions. Biobased Economy offers new opportunities for business and has the potential to become one of the priorities of the national economy. Since the Netherlands is strong in chemistry, agro-food and logistics, the Biobased Economy is one of the ways in which the country can achieve “green” growth. The Biobased Economy is broadly accepted in the Netherlands for the past 10 years. The Netherlands has agro-food and chemical industries that can compete with the best of the world. It is also the next-to-largest exporter of agricultural and food products in the world. 

 

Global emerging trends:

1.       Internationalization of higher education appears to be moving into a new stage;

2.       Shift in international student mobility patterns; 

3.   The way innovation is currently done requires a new research methodology that enables co-creation based on shared-values and evaluation in real-world settings;

 4.      Wicked problems (grand challenges) call for diverse types of knowledge, resources, participation and collaboration on a global scale. 

Nowadays more and more knowledge institutions, government agencies and enterprises are working together to develop and implement innovations. This is partly due to social and economic changes, globalization, and improved market conditions. New technologies require cooperating and coordinating across geographical distances. Furthermore, the development costs of new products and services are lower, risks are shared and the time-to-market is reduced.

  

As a major agricultural producer in Brazil, the state of Minas Gerais has a great potential in the development of Biobased Economy, which has become a strategic area for the development of the state. Minas Gerais is the third largest Brazilian economy and the second largest state in exports.  In 2013, the state produced a gross domestic product (GDP) of US$ 200 billion and the total exports reached US$33.4billion.

Biobased Battle 2015

Living Labs are bilateral triple helix initiatives in which higher education institutions, government organisations and companies work together in human capital development, applied research and knowledge dissemination & valorisation. It connects enterprises, public organizations and governments with higher education institutions through students, professors and researchers who apply their expertise in a specific sector to real-life research challenges.

 

The Living Lab Biobased Brazil is targeting an industrial sector that is of  strategic importance in both  Brazil and the Netherlands. It stimulates innovation by enabling and developing competencies of people through the application of practical assignments by students, lecturers, researchers and professionals.

 

The purpose of the Living Lab Biobased Brazil is to contribute to the national agendas on Biobased Economy both in Brazil and the Netherlands. Improving the employability of the labor force and bringing innovation to this sector  are major activities on the agenda’s. It does so by  setting-up the triple helix collaboration and exchanging practices and experiences on practice-oriented education, applied research and labor market relevance within and between the two countries.

 

The Living Lab Biobased Brazil offers different kind of products and services, like internships and graduation assignments, a developing environment (for prototypes and experiments), trainings, seminars, master classes and (Massive) Open Online Courses (MOOC) to contribute to the human capital agenda and innovative developments within the Biobased Economy sector in both countries.

 

Within the Living Lab Biobased Brazil a ‘growing by showing by doing’ approach is applied. It starts with internships and/or graduation assignments for Dutch and Brazilians students at company level or at an university. These serve as showcases for practical and applied research solutions while creating understanding and bringing universities and companies from both countries in contact with each other.

 

The outcomes of these student research assignments serve as starting point for broader applied research projects. Finally, the results of the applied research projects are shared with the wider education and business community in both countries. This  approach will create more interest and new companies and public partners are expected to join the Living Lab Biobased Brazil.

 

The education and research agenda of the Living Lab Biobased Brazil is the result of consultations with various stakeholders consisting of representatives of the triple helix partners originating from both countries. At present four (research) themes are selected: Water Technology, Agro & Food, Green Chemistry and Sustainable Environment.

  

In the end the Living Lab should develop itself into an incubator creating opportunities for international cooperation between Brazil and The Netherlands targeting the Biobased Economy sector. 

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