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EUBCE 2021 - Alessandra CAMELO - Potential of a New Seed Propagated Elephant Grass Cultivar for Bioenergy Purposes

Potential of a New Seed Propagated Elephant Grass Cultivar for Bioenergy Purposes

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Sustainable Resources for Bio-Based Industrial Processing

Potential of a New Seed Propagated Elephant Grass Cultivar for Bioenergy Purposes

Short Introductive summary

This work is a puzzle piece that intends to engage more cooperation between academic institutions and industry in Brazil in the field of biomass. The breeding for better cultivars, as well as characterization of new feedstocks, are key for defining the righteous approach regarding energy conversion and use of new biomasses. The new elephant grass PCEA ( P. purpureum x P. purpureum) was specifically developed to meet Brazilian tropical conditions and is the first seed propagated genotype worldwide to be launched by Embrapa Dairy Cattle and evaluated regarding field yield under sustainable cultivation practices at Embrapa Agrobiology (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13199-020-00730-8). After observing field adaptation and great yield, the present work was developed at the Institute for Technological Research of São Paulo State (IPT-SP) under the New Talents Program (NT) and accessed the full composition characteristics and properties of PCEA, where contents of cellulose and hemicellulose outstand guiding more investigation for employment of the grass as raw material for lignocellulosic bioethanol. In addition, there are interesting possibilities regarding thermochemical routes for PCEA. With the results, this work will certainly contribute to the energy sector in Brazil by broadening biomass alternatives for diverse use, as well as offering other resources besides sugarcane to supply the bioethanol sector in Brazil.

 EUBCE Student Awardee Presentation

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Alessandra CAMELO

Institute of Energy and Environment (IEE-USP), Institute for Technological Research (IPT-SP)

Presenter's biography

Agricultural & Environmental Engineer (UFRRJ, Brazil), awarded with 1-year fellowship in Environmental Engineering (UIC Chicago, US) and M.Sc in Energy Planning & Analysis (USP, Brazil) with short stay at the DBFZ GmbH (Leipzig, DE). Young researcher and engaged professional in the energy industry.

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Co-authors:

A. Camelo, Institute of Energy and Environment, University of São Paulo, Institute for Technological Research, São Paulo, BRAZIL
A.E. Maiorano, Institute for Technological Research of São Paulo State (IPT-SP), São Paulo, BRAZIL
P.H.L.S. Matai, Institute of Energy and Environment, University of São Paulo (IEE-USP), São Paulo, BRAZIL
S. Fernandes, Institute for Technological Research of São Paulo State (IPT-SP), São Paulo, BRAZIL
L.R. Magossi, Institute for Technological Research of São Paulo State (IPT-SP), São Paulo, BRAZIL
J.C. Machado, Embrapa Dairy Cattle, Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Gado de Leite (CNPGL), Juiz de Fora, BRAZIL
F.J.S. Lédo, Embrapa Dairy Cattle, Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Gado de Leite (CNPGL), Juiz de Fora, BRAZIL
P.C. Tambani, Institute for Technological Research of São Paulo State (IPT-SP), São Paulo, BRAZIL
J.I. Baldani, Embrapa Agrobiology, Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Agrobiologia (CNPAB), Seropedica, BRAZIL
J.L.P. Camacho, Polytechnic School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering Department, University of São Paulo (POLI-U, BRAZIL

Session reference: IAV.7.6