July 25 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Parana state government announced the switching on of a 480-kW biogas-fired plant, the first in the country rely on swine manure for its fuel.
The project required BRL 17 million (USD 4.5m/EUR 4m) in investments by power utility Copel (BVMF:CPLE6). Consisting of two 240-kW motor generators, the plant can produce around 3,000 MWh annually, consuming 5,000 cu m of biogas per day.
The facility will be fed biogas produced with the help of biodigesters from the waste of approximately 40,000 pigs, from 18 local farms.
The power output of the plant will be used to offset the energy consumption of Entre Rios do Oeste's 72 municipal public buildings. The farmers involved will receive monthly pay for the volume of biogas injected into the network.
(BRL 1 = USD 0.27/EUR 0.24)