June 13 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Parana state government will evaluate the benefits and challenges of using biogas as fuel, such as in public transportation in some cities.
The announcement was made by governor Carlos Massa Ratinho Junior on Wednesday at a visit to the South American Itaipu Hydropower Plant (HPP), where vehicles already use biogas from organic waste, sewage and other sources.
Parana's gas and sanitation companies, Compagas and Sanepar, will be in charge of the study. The government is initially looking into the possibility of using biogas in the state's smaller cities, while the medium- and long-term prospects are much more significant.
While with ethanol the cost is around BRL 0.40 (USD 0.10/EUR 0.09) per km, with biomethane this could drop to BRL 0.24, according to data from Brazil's International Centre for Renewable Energy (CIBiogas).
(BRL 1 = USD 0.26/EUR 0.23)