Network of Excellence in Biomass and Renewable Energy

International Workshop – Brazil and Finland Dialogues on Technological Innovation

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 11:57 pm




Programa SibratecShop, SENAI, Rede Nobre



MCTI, SENAI and Team Finland invite researchers and companies with an interest in Brazil’s vast possibilities in biomass and renewable energies to a seminar and networking event in Rio de Janeiro on 20-21 October, 2014. The seminar will be held in English.

The event is exclusively designed to allow Finnish and Brazilian researchers and firms to come together and find ways of transferring today’s top research on biomass and renewable energies into novel opportunities. Brazil is the world’s leading converter of biomass to energy and invests heavily in other renewables as well.

The Finnish-Brazilian Network of Excellence on Biomass and Renewable Energies - NOBRE will be present at the event in the form of 20 top scientists and bring to the table the network’s latest research findings on biomass and renewables. The event will allow for ample interaction between Finnish and Brazilian scientists and firms to explore partnership opportunities.

The Federation of Industries of the State of Rio de Janeiro - FIRJAN will host the event at its headquarters and use its wide network to mobilize the participation of Brazilian firms at the event. This event is one of several projects that FIRJAN and Finland have pursued jointly as of late.

The main organizer of the event is the Brazilian Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation MCTI through the Secretary of Technological Development and Innovation. The MCTI is a long-term key partner of Finland and has under its domain the principal public financers of research and development work in Brazil.

Participants are requested to register for the event by sending directly to Maribel Alves Fierro Sevilla of MCTI at: their confirmation with name, affiliation and contact information, with copy to

Team Finland supports the organization of the event and can also discuss it with you in more detail as well as assist you with meeting requests or other interests in relation to your participation at the event. Please direct your inquiry to Juha Savolainen at the Embassy of Finland in Brasília at:

During the workshop, participants will be invited to contribute to three bilateral experimental innovation teams from the SibratecShops that will be working on an Innovation Challenge to develop a solution for a technological problem in the field of renewable energies and new materials. The National Department of SENAI will conduct the SENAI Grand Prix of Innovation.

The agenda includes scientific and technical oral presentations to exchange high level scientific knowledge on technological innovations in round table format and business matching and collaboration between Finland and Brazilian enterprises. The following shows the agenda:


Federação das Indústrias do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN) - Av. Graca Aranha, 1 - Centro – Rio de Janeiro


October 19-21st, 2014





October 19th, Sunday

Noon – Introduction to the Seminar – SibratecShop Teams Only

Bruno Gomes, FIRJAN

Jorge Mário Campagnolo, MCTI

Maribel Alves Fierro Sevilla, MCTI

Pedro Fardim, NOBRE

Fábio Pires, SENAI

Álvaro Atilano, CAF

12:30 – 10 pm - Preparatory meeting – SIBRATECSHOP-SENAI Challenge on Innovation

SENAI Grand Prix of Innovation, Rio de Janeiro Edition

Fábio Pires, SENAI

Juliana Gavini Uliana, SENAI

SibratecShop teams will meet Senai staff to learn about the methodology of the Bilateral Brazil-Finnish SibratecShop&Senai Challenge on Renewable Energies and New Materials.


Renewable Energy: a Pathway to the Future


October 20th, Monday

8 am – Registration

9 am - Opening

Armando Zeferino Milioni, Secretariat of Technological Development and Innovation

Markku Virri, Finland Ambassador to Brazil

Eduardo Eugenio Gouvêa Vieira, Federation of Industries of the State of Rio de Janeiro Brazilian and Finnish authorities

9:20 - 9:50 am – Keynote

Renewable Energies – A Pathway to the future

Kaisu Annala, Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland

9:50 – 10:00 am

Seminar Methodology

Maribel Alves Fierro Sevilla, MCTI

Cristina Akemi Shimoda Uechi, MCTI

Claudio Oller do Nascimento, University of Sao Paulo, Rede Nobre

10:00 – 11:15 am

Main theme: Global Challenges for Technological Innovation in Renewable Energy and Materials for Renewable Energy

Moderator: Pedro Fardim, Åbo Akademi University, Rede Nobre

Rosangela Moreira Araújo, Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis

Martin Schmal – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/University of São Paulo

Fernando Galembeck – Universidade Estadual de Campinas

11:15 – 12:00

Launch of the Open Lab Senai-Rio

Jefferson de Oliveira Gomes, SENAI

12 pm – Lunch

2 – 6 pm

1. Conversion technologies for biofuels, second-generation biofuels, thermo conversion, catalytic conversion

Moderator: Claudio Oller do Nascimento, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Heikki Ojamo - Aalto University, Finland

Euler Martins Lage - Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis, Brazil

2. Gas society, gasification, biogas production, hydrogen production, purification of syngas.

Moderator: Ofélia de Queiroz F. Araújo – University Federal of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mika Huuhtanen, University of Oulu, Finland

Pietro Mendes, National Agency of Petroleum , Natural Gas and Biofuels, Brazil

Esa Kurkela – VTT, Finland

3. Waste to energy, combustion, side streams

Moderator: Ali Harlin, VTT, Finland

Patrik Yrjas, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Paulo Roberto Furio, SENAI, Brazil

Rene Peter Schneider – University of Sao Paulo

Waldir Antonio Bizzo – State University of Campinas


October 21st, Tuesday

9:00 – 12:00 pm


4. Integration of energy production with production of chemicals, added value components in production of biofuels

Moderator: Heikki Ojamo - Aalto University, Finland

Ali Harlin – VTT, Finland

Ofélia de Queiroz F. Araújo – University Federal of Rio de Janeiro

Song Won Park – POLI-USP

5. Microbial oils, ethanol, butanol, higher alcohols

Moderator: Mika Huuhtanen, University of Oulu, Finland

Pedro Fardim, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Antonio Morschbacker – BRASKEM

Francisco Maugeri Filho – Unicamp (TBC)

Gilles Maag - USP – FZEA

6. Materials for energy conversion, energy storage, photovoltaics, printable technology for production of biofuels photovoltaics, thermoelectric materials

Moderator: Song Won Park – POLI-USP

Gabriela Lorite - University of Oulu, Finland

José Carlos Bressiani – Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (TBC)

Mário Siqueira - UnB

José Dílcio Rocha – Empresa Brasileira de Agropecuária

12 pm – Lunch

2 – 4:15 pm

Innovation Teams organize presentations at SIBRATECShop Elevator Pitch

Business matching – Brazilian and Finnish Enterprise

Moderator: Matti Landin, FINPRO e Sheila Oliveira Pires, ANPROTEC

Selected Brazilian and Finnish company presentations (15 min each), 8 companies

4:15 – 5:00 pm

Innovation Solution - Presentations

Moderator: Juliana Gavini Uliana, SENAI

5:00 – 5:30 pm

Selection of the Best Innovation Solution Proposed

Moderator: Fábio Pires, SENAI

Selection Committee: SEBRAE, FINPRO, FINEP, CNPq (TBC)

5:30 – 5:50 pm

The bilateral experience through the innovators perspectives

Moderator: UFRGS

Brazilian and Finnish Innovators

6:00 pm

Prize Ceremony

Moderator: SENAI

6:30 pm – Networking cocktail (sponsored by Team Finland)



The workshop aims at combining renewable energy research (solar, combustion, hydrogen) with material science (materials for renewable energy) in order to share up-to-date knowledge.

It will focus on sharing methods, research approaches and recommendations concerned with technological innovations in the field of renewable energies and new materials.

The presentations will take into consideration and address the seven themes presented in the program.

Round-table talks are expected to result in notes containing a draft list of recommendations.

The project will deliver a final report that will summarize the main issues discussed during the workshop, as well as strengthen international cooperation through the SENAI Challenge Prize consisting of fellowships granted to innovators to continue the development of research and learning in the field.

It is expected that companies also create collaborative relationships to foster the development of joint technological innovation projects, commercial relationships, and business in general.

Last updated on 10/9/2014