Promoting Biogas and Biomethane Usage in Brazil

Promoting Biogas and Biomethane Usage in Brazil – Know how transfer and setup of an innovation network of companies and universities for the usage of biogas/biomethane in Southern Brazilian rural regions

Duration: 2016 – 2017


According to the World Ressource Institute Brazil is the fourth largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter in the world. In Brazil agriculture is the second biggest GHG emitter – only deforestation of the rainforest produces higher amounts of GHG. Therefore, the so-called Low-Carbon Agriculture program was started in 2010 in order to reduce agricultural emissions by 38 percent, but due to the low knowledge of the farms, which are typically operated by families, the program is scarcely used. Thus, the so-called BiogasFert network was built up, which should integrate production and usage of biogas and organic fertilizer into agricultural production systems.

Goal of the project

In order to push the biogas and biomethane usage in Brazil knowledge and key technologies shall be transferred and an innovation network of Austrian and Brazilian companies and universities for the usage of biomethane in Southern Brazilian rural region built up. Cooperation of Austrian and Brazilian universities will help to lay a scientific and theoretical basis and build up local capacities in the field of biogas production and usage. Included companies will establish key technologies and know-how about the practical implementation of biogas projects. Thereby, more intensive entanglement of research, development, teaching and practical implementation shall be achieved.


The project is divided in four sections; universities participate in section 1 and 2:

  1. Network and capacity building
  2. University cooperation between Brazil and Austria
  3. Technology transfer
  4. Buildup of an innovation center

Within section 1 two workshops were already carried out in Brazil. Goal of the first workshop was an intensive exchange of know-how in order to raise the knowledge to the same level. TU Wien presented advantages, technical basics and successful case examples in the field of biogas upgrading. Goal of the following workshops is the intensification of this knowledge transfer from Austrian universities to Brazilian universities and companies.

Another important point of section 1 is the existing e-learning course about biogas/biomethane offered by CIBiogás. Actualization and extension of this course is carried out by TU Wien and BOKU during the project.

Within section 2 new courses in the field of biogas production and usage at UNIOESTE shall be established with assistance of TU Wien and BOKU. Additionally, a training of local university employees in this field and a training of Brazilian PhD students in scientific lab work shall be carried out.

Partners & Funding

  • Green Tech Cluster Styria GmbH (Eco World Styria)
  • SpiritDesign – Innovation and Brand GmbH
  • Project Development Agency – PDA Martin
  • Technische Unversität Wien
  • Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
  • Adolf Tobias GmbH
  • CIBiogás NPO

Funded by Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

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