A special partnership with the Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI)

Since 2015, there have been joint research activities between the University of São Paulo (USP) and Imperial College London. The Institutes are currently working together to develop a formal bilateral representation which will include an exchange and access to dedicated space and facilities at both institutes.

The two Institutes are already developing joint scientific research and promoting the exchange of Professors and researchers in the areas of Engineering, Energy, Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Capture and Storage of carbon dioxide.  Below are some examples of how the Sustainable Gas Institute are working with USP.

Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI)

The FAPESP SHELL Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI), a Centre of Excellence in gas research and partner with the SGI, was launched in December 2015. The Centre is a collaboration between the University of São Paulo (USP), Royal Dutch Shell and FAPESP (State of São Paulo Research Foundation).

RCGI has a mission to be a world-class centre for excellence for research in the current and future use of natural gas with programmes focussing on engineering; physical chemistry; energy policy and economics; and carbon dioxide (CO2) abatement.

More than 46 technology projects are underway, covering a range of technology readiness levels and addressing opportunities for

natural gas in diverse application domains including shipping, chemical conversion and CO2 abatement.

The Centre is based at USP’s Polytechnic School and is led by Professor Julio Meneghini, and has its own website.

Conference on gas sustainability and innovation: SGRI

Since September 2016, the Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) and the Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) have hosted an annual conference in natural gas sustainability in São Paulo, Brazil.

The Sustainable Gas Research Innovation (SGRI) conference gives an opportunity for both institutes to meet; share knowledge, exchange ideas, gain insight, and showcase expertise to fully understand the role of natural gas in the global energy landscape.

This year’s conference ( Sustainable Gas Research Innovation 2018) will take place on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th September at the University of São Paulo in their auditorium (Centro de Difusão Internacional).


MUSE- Brazil

The Sustainable Gas Institute is developing a specialised energy systems model for Brazil which will help ensure the country has a low carbon economy in the future. MUSE is a new energy systems model being developed at the Institute. It is a partial equilibrium model of all the main players (supply-side & demand-side) and commodities (such as renewables, nuclear etc.) in the energy balance, although its main focus is on the role of gas in a low-carbon world.

While the Sustainable Gas Institute has expertise in the field of integrated assessment modelling our researchers need national data from Brazil.  Researchers from RCGI are providing this data in exchange for knowledge and insight into how to model global, national and regional energy systems. Brazil as an excellent case study for MUSE as Brazil is one of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries, and therefore represents one of the major emerging national economies.

An accurate techno-economic representation of Brazil is important and will include national sub-sectors such as power generation, fossil fuels refining, industrial production, residential and commercial activities, and national and international transport and trading. The sugarcane industry in Brazil will provide a mini case study.

This research collaboration will happen in parallel with an existing project “Sustainable gas pathways for Brazil; from microcosm to macrocosm”, which has been funded by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) and FAPESP. The aim of the project is to investigate the decarbonisation of gas and the utilisation of pre-salt reserves in Brazil.