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Sugarcane - livestock integration: modeling and optimization

Grant number: 17/11523-5
Support Opportunities:Program for Research on Bioenergy (BIOEN) - Thematic Grants
Duration: March 01, 2019 - August 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Chemical Process Industries
Principal Investigator:Antonio Maria Francisco Luiz Jose Bonomi
Grantee:Antonio Maria Francisco Luiz Jose Bonomi
Host Institution: Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais (CNPEM). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações (Brasil). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
( Atuais )
João Luís Nunes Carvalho ; Luís Gustavo Barioni
Pesquisadores principais:
( Anteriores )
Otavio Cavalett
Associated researchers:Adriano Pinto Mariano ; Alexandre Berndt ; Alexandre Monteiro Souza ; André May ; Anna Leticia Montenegro Turtelli Pighinelli ; Bruna de Souza Moraes ; Carlos Eduardo Driemeier ; Edvaldo Rodrigo de Morais ; Fernando Rodrigues Teixeira Dias ; George Jackson de Moraes Rocha ; Geraldo Bueno Martha Junior ; Isabelle Lobo de Mesquita Sampaio ; João Luís Nunes Carvalho ; José Ricardo Macedo Pezzopane ; Juliana Aparecida Fracarolli ; Juliana Conceição Teodoro ; Luís Gustavo Barioni ; Marcelo Pereira da Cunha ; Marcelo Zaiat ; Marcos Djun Barbosa Watanabe ; Marília Ieda da Silveira Folegatti Matsuura ; Mateus Ferreira Chagas ; Muriel de Oliveira Gavira ; Nariê Rinke Dias de Souza ; Nilza Patrícia Ramos ; Patricia Menezes Santos ; Priscila de Oliveira ; Renata Piacentini Rodriguez ; Ricardo de Oliveira Bordonal ; Rodrigo Silva Goulart ; Rubens Maciel Filho ; Sergio de Zen ; Sergio Raposo de Medeiros ; Tassia Lopes Junqueira ; Teresa Cristina Alves ; Terezinha de Fátima Cardoso ; Thiago Bernardino de Carvalho
Associated scholarship(s):23/09511-0 - Sugarcane-Livestock Integration: Modeling and Optmization, BP.TT
22/16289-9 - Metamodels for sustainability indicators assessment of sugarcane/Livestock integration, BP.PD
22/14050-9 - Metamodel Construction for Assessment of Sustainability Indicators of agricultural and cattle systems in scenarios of sugarcane/cattle integration, BP.TT
+ associated scholarships 22/08629-4 - Modelling integrated sugarcane-livestock systems in Brazil, BP.PD
22/01086-5 - Sugarcane - livestock integration: modeling and optimization, BP.TT
21/10566-8 - Integrated production of animal feed and cellulosic ethanol by steam explosion and alkaline deacetylation pathways, BP.PD
21/09100-4 - Mapping sugarcane mills and beef cattle properties in São Paulo state, BP.IC
20/06275-5 - Impacts of the application of different types of vinasse on soil greenhouse gas emissions and microbial community, BP.PD - associated scholarships


Bioenergy production, particularly liquid biofuels, has been promoted as a mean to enhance energy security and reduce climate change impacts. However, the expansion of biofuels production based on food crops and its impact on land use have given rise to the so-called "food vs. bioenergy" debate. At the same time, livestock production is the largest anthropic use of land resources worldwide, which includes grazing land and cropland dedicated to feed production. Brazilian livestock production has low average productivity because of extensive management, low input and low technology adoption. In this context, integration of ethanol and livestock production can improve land use in Brazil, since more intensive systems can maintain, or even increase, food production while reducing land use. As a result, it is possible to expand cropland for biofuels production without displacing food crops or livestock production, which otherwise could advance in forest areas. This project focuses on the optimization of the integrated system aiming at the sustainable production of food and bioenergy, considering the synergies between the production chains of sugarcane (considering both first and second generation processes), livestock (cattle) and other crops (e.g. corn, energy cane, soybean and peanut). The Virtual Sugarcane Biorefinery (VSB) - a computer framework that simulates the entire production chain and assesses the sustainability impacts of different biorefinery alternatives/routes - will be used in this project. Representative computational models for each system, based on experimental and literature data, and for sustainability assessment methodologies will be developed and integrated for optimization of economic, environmental and social impacts of sugarcane-livestock production. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DIAS DE SOUZA, NARIE RINKE; KLEIN, BRUNO COLLING; CHAGAS, MATEUS FERREIRA; CAVALETT, OTAVIO; BONOMI, ANTONIO. Towards Comparable Carbon Credits: Harmonization of LCA Models of Cellulosic Biofuels. SUSTAINABILITY, v. 13, n. 18, . (17/11523-5)
DE SOUZA, NARIE RINKE DIAS; JUNQUEIRA, TASSIA LOPES; CAVALETT, OTAVIO. Opportunities and challenges for bioenergy-livestock integrated systems in Brazil. INDUSTRIAL CROPS AND PRODUCTS, v. 173, . (17/11523-5)

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