Research cooperation SIA and FAPEMIG: upcoming call

The next step in the development of the Living Lab Biobased Brazil: after student exchange and teacher exchange and cooperation now comes research cooperation through joint projects. In this newsletter you can find descriptions of a few smaller joint research projects. There are several formats for setting up funded cooperation, for instance in the context of the European Union. On top, FAPEMIG and SIA are currently performing a series of innovative calls for joint research projects supporting particularly the Living Lab Brazil. The format of the call is considered a pilot and will be evaluated by SIA and FAPEMIG.

 

A first tranche, focusing on water technology, has been issued in May (preregistration) and July (full registration) 2017. FAPEMIG and SIA provided up to €125.000 (R$ 468513) each, which has to be matched with investments by companies. This tranche has yielded two joint proposals, based on one year of preparational visits within the Living Lab context. The next call is expected before December. It is expected to be three times as large, and encompass the other three themes of Living Lab Brazil: Agrifood chains, Biobased Chemistry and Sustainability.

 

In May a delegation of Dutch professors has visited Belo Horizonte and Vicosa to prepare the upcoming call. In several meetings with researchers and companies the professors were able to gather a mere 70 leads for research projects or other types of cooperation. These ideas ranged from very concrete to a preliminary ideation phase. Based on matches that could be made between research on both sides, and company interests on both sides, a reasonable number of promising leads has been identified and is currently being prepared. 

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Research by VHL students in Vicosa

Ward van der Zee, Tobias Ruijsch and Robin Diekhorst will travel to Vicosa at the end of October. They will conduct research for 2 months related to the KIEMVANG project between VHL University of Applied Sciences, UFV and two Dutch companies.

Sub-project 1.    Conducted by Ward van der Zee

 

Market and investment opportunities for Dutch Small and Medium Enterprises in the dairy sector of MG.

 

Research, knowledge and technology is needed to support the development of circular dairy farming systems, and to increase the sustainability and efficiency of the dairy chain. There is a vast potential for investment by the Dutch and Brazilian private sector in the dairy value chain. However, Dutch sme’s hesitate to invest in the Brazilian market and have difficulties in finding  Brazilian partners. Nevertheless, few Dutch companies have successfully invested in Brazil! What made them to invest in MG, why have they been successful in Brazil, what further prospect do they see, and what are the good practices that can be learned from successful investors for the entire dairy value chain? What are the most appropriate business models for circular-based dairy farming in MG?

 

The Dutch and Brazilian student will interview Dutch and Brazilian companies and value chain enablers on their experiences with the Brazilian market. They will identify success factors and barriers and describe successful and unsuccessful market entries and collaborations between Dutch and Brazilian companies (sme’s). Furthermore, they will explore the opportunities for Dutch knowledge and technology export and collaboration with Brazilian partners to support  the bio-based and circular economy in the Brazilian dairy value chain?

 

From VHL we are looking for students from the programmes Agribusines/International Agribusiness and Trade or IBMS in Velp or Leeuwarden.

Sub-project 2.   Conducted by Tobias Ruijsch

 

Market and investment opportunities for dairy breeding in MG.

 

Research is needed to identify animal breeding business opportunities in relation to the development of circular dairy systems in Brazil. In this proposal would like to address business opportunities from the perspective of Alfa Genetics, a leading international cattle breeding company. Alfa Genetics has its head office in the Netherlands and in Brazil it has a substantial market share. First task is to investigate the relationship of the long term breeding strategy with circular farming through reducing unproductive periods and choice of production systems in the lifespan of a cow. Second task will be to identify business opportunities for Alfa Genetics (new markets, new investments). What are the most appropriate business models for breeding companies.

Sub-project 3.                      Conducted by Robin Diekhorst

 

Market and investment opportunities for agro-silvopastoral farming in MG.

 

The dairy chain develops at the expense of natural resources. Research is needed to support the development of circular systems from the perspective of agro-silvopastoral farming. Agro-silvopastoral dairy farming provides business opportunities through the integration of pasture land with trees, shrubs and forage crops. Financial benefits arise from increase of product diversification and by providing annual and periodic revenues from multiple outputs while reducing risks associated with farming single commodities. For example, trees can also produce fruits, firewood, and timber. Moreover, the agro-silvopastoral system maintain important ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, soil health, and groundwater. Silvopastoral farming has been recognised as a genuinely circular approach, where resources are found and developed within the system, and the wastes are utilised to build fertility. The system uptake by farmers also depends on the knowledge and technical skills about agroforestry methods and the trees-shrubs to be planted. The survival rate of the seedlings has been pointed out as a challenging situation. Therefore, the necessity of an effective and efficient planting technology that assures the highest survival of seedlings is an important component of a profitable business model within the agro-silvopastoral dairy farming.

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Update by Natália

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). At this moment I am doing my internship at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Read more about my experiences in the Netherlands.

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!


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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 am 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!


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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 am 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

Guilherme researched the models of a biodiesel plant in the research group Biobased Energy at Avans University of Applied Sciences from February 2017 to July 2017. He has reviewed his time in the Netherlands.

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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