Brazil is the country with the highest percentage of renewable energy in the world, thanks to the use of large-scale hydropower. Still, the great reliance on this type of generation, which is climate dependent, causes concern in times of little rain, making it essential to diversify the country's energy matrix by investing in sources such as biofuels, biomass and solar and wind energy, among others. With this in mind, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) is proposing an action of exchanges with the European Union in the field of biofuels and renewable energy. Initially, three experts -- a Brazilian and two Europeans -- will identify research and development institutions and companies working with biofuels (second-generation ethanol and others) and renewable energy (solar and wind, among others). As a follow-up, a delegation of Brazilian experts will participate in a mission to the European Union, where it will visit some previously selected institutions and will meet with the European Commission's Working Group on Renewable Energy. The third stage of the action will consist of a mission of European experts to Brazil, which will include visits to reference projects in biofuels and renewable energy, both concluded and under development. The last stage is the production of a document with the key information obtained in the study by the experts and missions, containing recommendations on the most desirable partnerships to enhance the development of renewable energy in Brazil and the European Union.
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