Carbon Capture and Utilisation - Climate aspects, Technological status and Prospects for development

It is well known that CCS and CCUS are necessary, together with fossil fuels replacement, to reduce carbon concentrations in atmosphere (IEA 2011 , European Biofuels ).

The Innovation Fund is a key funding instruments for delivering the EU’s economy-wide commitments under the Paris Agreement and supporting the European Commission’s strategic vision of a climate neutral Europe by 2050. The Innovation Fund, focusing also on CCS, CCU and RE generation, is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies

Moreover, biofuels can play an important role to replace fossil fuels, mainly when BECCSUS is added to the process, contributing to reduce carbon emissions and, in the case of ethanol production, carbon capture from production process is a very interesting option in terms of technical feasibility and cost efficiency.

Some existing experiences already exists such as the CCS at the corn-ethanol plant in Illinois, USA, supported by the US Department of Energy. In Brazil, the most common use for CO2 for soft drink industries, which buy carbon dioxide from some mills in the state of SP (for example, the Vale Onda Verde mill , at Nova Granada municipality). However, there are other possible uses, even with a higher added value. In Parana State, in Maringa, Raudi Industries purchase CO2 from Copcana mill to produce sodium carbonate and to be fed in wood greenhouses as well.

The main and most profitable sources for CO2 production associated to biofuel production include fermentation process, upgrade process of biogas from vinasse and exhaust gases from the boilers. In the case of biogas upgrade, it is important to develop advanced technologies for vinasse biodigestion and for biogas upgrade. This is particularly important in the case of sugarcane vinasse (a by-product of sugarcane ethanol).

In this context, the main objective of the workshop is to present and discuss the perspectives for BECCSUS and the existing experiences and challenges. The workshop will pay particular attention to the issue of science-based policy making, discussing the best ways to use the most up-to-date scientific results in the policy making cycle to assess the sustainability and mitigation potential of BECCSUS projects and applications.

High-qualified speakers are invited, from Brazil, US and Europe, to present existing experiences and to discuss the challenges. A recent Scientific Opinion on the climate benefits of the novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies, produced by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors of the Scientific Advice Mechanism of the EU, as well as the Evidence Review Report produced by the SAPEA consortium of European Academies that provide the evidence basis for the Opinion will be presented and discussed.


11:00 – Short introduction, Prof Julio Meneghini (RCGI/USP), Prof Rocio Diaz Chavez (SEI), Maria da Graça Carvalho, European Commission, Directorate-General Research and Innovation, Member Scientific Advice Mechanism Unit, EUBCE Conference General Chair

1st Session: Existing experiences worldwide with GHG abatement
Chairs: Prof Suani Coelho (USP), Prof Maria da Graça Carvalho

Presentation of a Scientific Opinion produced by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors of the Scientific Advice Mechanism of the EU: Novel carbon capture and utilization technologies: research and climate aspects. Prof Elvira Fortunato (Group of Chief Scientific Advisors of the European Commission)

Presentation of the SAPEA Evidence Review Report: Novel carbon capture and utilization technologies.
Prof Thibault Cantat (CEA Saclay, France)

The socio-economic effects of BECCS deployment: outcomes from different case studies worldwide
Leduc Sylvain, Research Scholar, Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA)

11:30 – 2nd Session: Sustainability and public perception related to BECCS and BECCUS(RCGI)
Chairs: Prof Karen Mascarenhas (USP), Prof. Elvira Fortunato

Issues related to biofuels sustainability, latest developments on this area, including research on LCA and carbon balance. Prof Fausto Freire (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Social and environmental aspects of energy and bioenergy Dr Rocio Diaz Chavez (SEI/Nairobi)

The need to include public perception in BECCS and BECCUS, Prof Karen Mascarenhas

12:00 – 3rd Session: CO2 abatement experiences in Brazil (RCGI)
Chairs: Prof. Julio Meneghini

Latest development on CO2 abatement, including the results from the projects in the CO2 Abatement Program, Prof Julio Meneghini, RCGI/USP

Current situation of biogas and biomethane in Brazil, as well as existing and proposed policies to incentivate its use. Alessandro Gardemann (ABIOGAS/GEO Energética, BR)

12:30 – Break (offered by ABIOGAS)

13:30 – 4th Session: Perspectives for advanced technologies for biogas production and upgrade (RCGI)
Chairs: Prof Claudio Oller (USP), Rocio Diaz Chavez

Latest results of the project aiming to evaluate the potential of biogas and biomethane from the different sources in the state of Sao Paulo. Prof Suani Coelho

Recent achievements on advanced technologies for biogas production mainly on vinasse biodigestion process. Prof Claudio Oller

Latest developments on biogas upgrade systems using supersonic nozzle separator. Prof Bruno Carmo (USP)

14:00 – Discussion and conclusions
Chair: Prof Julio Meneghini

Thursday 30 May

11:00 – 15:00 | Room: 1.05

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RCGI, Research Centre for Gas Innovation
USP, University of Sao Paulo


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