Chapter 4. Bio-Ethanol Development(s) in Brazil

  1. Wim Soetaert and
  2. Erick J. Vandamme
  1. Arnaldo Walter

Published Online: 16 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470754108.ch4



How to Cite

Walter, A. (2009) Bio-Ethanol Development(s) in Brazil, in Biofuels (eds W. Soetaert and E. J. Vandamme), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470754108.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology and Biocatalysis, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Author Information

  1. Department of Energy and NIPE, State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2009

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Renewable Resources

Book Series Editors:

  1. Christian V. Stevens

Series Editor Information

  1. Faculty of Bioscience-engineering, Department of Organic Chemistry, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470026748

Online ISBN: 9780470754108



  • bio-ethanol development(s) in Brazil;
  • Brazilian experience - large-scale production of biofuels;
  • Brazilian Alcohol Program (PROALCOOL);
  • state-controlled oil company (PETROBRAS);
  • cost reductions;
  • technological development;
  • main technological improvements in industrial process;
  • ethanol production in brazil and sustainability;
  • United Nations Development Program (UNDP)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Overview

  • Introduction

  • The Brazilian Experience with Ethanol

  • Policy and Regulatory Instruments Applied to Deploy Large-Scale Ethanol Production

  • Cost Reductions

  • Technological Development

  • Is the Ethanol Production in Brazil Sustainable?

  • Is the Brazilian Experience Replicable?

  • Conclusions

  • References