June 5 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's International Centre for Renewable Energy (CIBiogas) announced on Friday it has inaugurated the first biogas plant in the country to use three different raw materials.
The facility is located inside the headquarters of Itaipu Binacional, the operator of the Brazil-Paraguayan Itaipu power generating dam, and has a production of 4,000 cubic metres of biomethane per month. The plant can treat 10 tonnes of food waste, 30 tonnes of pruned grass and 300,000 litres of sewage. In addition to the biomethane production, the plant can produce 300,000 litres of biofertilizer.
The total cost of project is estiamted at BRL 2.16 million (USD 661,000/EUR 588,000).
This model will go through a 20-month testing period and if successful it can prove the viability of biofuel production, showing municipalities that they can use solid waste to generate gas, CIBiogas CEO Rodrigo Regis noted.
(BRL 1 = USD 0.306/EUR 0.272)