Francisco Gaudêncio M. Freires, Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA)
I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) Polytechnic School. I am also a professor at the Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering (PEI) at UFBA, researching the renewable energy alternatives from the perspective of supply chain management. I am currently conducting PhD supervisions on Renewable Energy Supply Chain Management, among then, I have an interest in Waste to Energy Management.
In order to reduce dependence on oil and its derivatives, the Brazilian energy matrix underwent an intense transformation in the last 40 years, with a strong increase in renewable energy sources. Among the renewable sources, biomass bioenergy (an organic matter of animal or vegetable origin) is exploited directly through the combustion of organic matter in furnaces and boilers, and so this project in collaboration with Professor Gary Leeke from the School of Chemical Engineering is related to several areas of knowledge: Industrial Engineering, Management, Circular Economy and Renewable Energies. It also aims to strengthen the interdisciplinary training of lecturers, researchers and students (undergraduate, master, and doctorate) of the Energy and Gas Laboratory (LEN) linked to the Industrial Engineering (PEI) of the Polytechnic School of the State University of Bahia. In addition to the partnerships with researchers from the Energy and Environment Graduate Programs (CIEnAm) and Industrial Engineering (PEI) at UFBA, the aim is to establish a partnership with researchers from the University of Birmingham for technical and scientific cooperation in the field of modeling problems. The fellowship will help to facilitate the exchange of researchers from Brazil and the UK to share experiences and disseminate results in the area of energy valuation of animal biomass.