Living Lab Biobased Brazil

Publication date: 2015-10-16 15:20

Participe do Pressure Cooker Week!

Living Lab Biobased Brasil é uma iniciativa de Nuffic e do Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (CoE BBE). É uma cooperação modelo 'triple-helix' entre Brasil e Holanda. Nós nos concentramos em educação 'biobased' e pesquisa Bio Based aplicada. Estamos sediados no Brasil (Minas Gerais - Belo Horizonte ) e o sul no dos Países Baixos (o Biobased Delta, Vlissingen - Breda - Den Bosch) .

Living Lab é uma plataforma de educação e pesquisa aplicada para estudantes (graduação), professores e pesquisadores de diversas universidades brasileiras e holandesas (de ciências aplicadas).

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A competitive one-week pressure-cooker contest, in which students develop a creative product for companies or other organizations. It brings together education, research and professional practice, with benefits for all parties involved. Students spend the week developing their concept such that it can be pitched to their client organization. We would like to plan the Pressure Cooker Week in week 43 (October 19th - 23rd, 2015). This is education week 8 in the Netherlands.

Problem and challenge

Brazil has more fresh water than any other country in the world, but in the southern region of the country the ongoing drought is causing huge problems. Not only is drinking water supply to city’s like São Paulo under threat, but also agriculture and transportation, which depend on enough water. Furthermore, the low water level in rivers together with a lack of sufficient wastewater treatment leads to polluted rivers.   

The idea for the pressure cooker week is that lecturers from Avans/HZ and professors from UFMG come together to discuss how students can work on the water related problems in Brazil (Minas Gerais) and to come up with solutions, for which the concept of the biobased economy will be a part of it. An example of the assignment formulation could be:

1. "How  can wastewater be treated so that it can be used as a commercial process water or drinking water in Minas Gerais?"

2. “What are the possibilities for biogas production and recovery of nutrients from (residual) water streams from industrial processes and wastewater treatment plants?”

The aim is to come up with a number of solutions, which lead to less water losses, better water quality, and the use of wastewater in order to produce energy and nutrients for fertilizers. The solutions will lead to ideas for companies in the water sector. Hopefully, some of these solutions can then be implemented for a more sustainable water use. The final products (report, presentation and debate) of the student groups are being assessed by lecturers, professors, and stakeholders of companies and governmental organizations. The most promising and innovative solutions presented will be the winner of the Pressure Cooker Week. 


Students will work in groups of about 5 students on the topic. During the first two days, they will visit stakeholders, like water boards, wastewater treatment plants, research institutes, etc. Based on the information gained, they will write a problem analysis for which literature research is needed as well. The third day is where they will brainstorm about possible solutions to the water related problems. After that, solutions are worked out under supervision of lecturers and professors with a focus on sustainability and economic feasibility. Innovative solutions are preferred and are presented at the last day. 


Avans/HZ and UFMG will collaborate to “build a bridge” between education and industries via this Pressure Cooker Week. This education project aims to stimulate multidisciplinary working together by international students.   


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