Brazil aims $2.85 billion at energy research

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Brazil will release 6.1 billion reais ($2.85 billion) to fund renewable-power and biofuel technology research, accelerating its efforts to modernize its energy industry and shift away from a commodity-export based economy, Bloomberg reported.

The country plans to triple funds for companies including Bunge Ltd. (BG) and Petroleo Brasileiro SA that are developing processes to turn sugar cane into high-margin chemicals and boost ethanol output, said Alexandre Tanaka, an official with Brazil’s research-financing agency Finep.


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