The cooperation between Fraunhofer IGB and its Brazilian partners has continued to develop since the cooperation contract was concluded in 2001 with the Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (UNIMEP).

In the previous years we have also been increasing the personel exchange of post-graduate and joint support of students and doctoral candidates. However, the consultation opportunities for communal sewage plant operators and representative of the authorities on site and teaching events could be extended.

Decentralized wastewater treatment and anaerobic treatment of organic waste

The collaborative project “Decentralized Water Supply and Disposal in Association with Energy and Material Recovery, Taking into Consideration Aspects of Hygien, for the Region of Piracicaba (São Paulo)" is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

  • Anaerobic treatment of organic waste – example from Brazil
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  • Decentralized wastewater treatment: The example of the Brazilian city Piracicaba – Adaptation of processes to subtropical countries
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Potential and usage of biogas

The project “Use of sludge gas of a municipal wastewater treatment plant for transportation purposes in Americana, SP, Brazil” is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The Fraunhofer IGB, in partnership with two Brazilian WWTP operators, has explored the potential of biogas production from their treatment facilities in line with the International Climate Initiative of BMU.

Regional potential analysis for rainwater utilization in Campinas

The south-east of Brazil, particularly São Paulo and its surrounding area, is marked by strong industrial and demographic growth. Therefore, environmental problems such as water pollution and scarcity of resources are increasing. A helpful alternative to current municipal water management could be provided by means of customized storage, processing and utilization of the harvested rainwater.

To assess the potential rainwater yield and demand at regional level the Fraunhofer IGB in cooperation with the IGVT of the University of Stuttgart are utilizing and progressing spatial planning methods which build on geographical information systems (GIS).

  • Regional potential analysis for rainwater utilization in Campinas, Brazil
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The Brazilian Program “Science without Borders”

It aims to enhance internationalization of technology and innovation through the mobility of students and researchers. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has signed a special agreement with CNPq to promote, among others, the exchange of doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers.