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4th General Meeting

29 May 2017, Manizales, Colombia

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The 4th SMIBIO project meeting was held in Manizales (Colombia) on 29 May 2017. The project meeting was held in the library building of the University of Colombia Sede Manizales. On 30 May an open Workshop on “Small-scale Biorefineries for Rural Development in Latin America and Europe” was held in Auditorio Principal Biblioteca Carlos Enrique Ruiz of the University.

The meeting was organized and started with welcome words by Carlos Cardona (UNC), followed by information about activities and research results at his faculty.

SMIBIO project coordinator Francisco Gírio reviewed the SMIBIO project objectives and summarized the progresses achieved. Then the workplan of the project proposal was presented and the main achievements that are expected in the near future were highlighted.

The meeting proceeded with each partner representative presenting the an update on the work of the Biorefinery Conceptual Design chosen for their regions, including heuristic analysis and in some cases first simulation processes results. Presentations about the current status of the biorefinery concept were given by Francisco Gírio (LNEG, Portugal), Mercedes Ballesteros (CIEMAT, Spain), Julian Quintero (PUCV, Chile), Alfredo Martinez (UNAM, Mexico), Ingo Ball (WIP, Germany) and Carlos Cardona (UNC, Colombia).

All case study presentations are currently project internal documents and available on the project intranet.

At the end of the meeting it was decided that the next project meeting will be organized by Alfredo Martinez (UNAM) and held in in Cuernavaca, Mexico (13-14 November 2017).


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 The participants of the 4th SMIBIO meeting in Manizales, Colombia




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The SMIBIO project is implemented in the framework of ERANet-LAC, a Network of the European Union (EU), Latin America and the Caribbean Countries (CELAC) co-funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme for Research and technology Development (FP7).

Support is provided by the following national funding organisations:

BMBF/DLR, Germany
FCT, Portugal