December 6 (Renewables Now) - A pilot waste-to-energy plant in Rio de Janeiro has been inaugurated earlier this week, the National Development Bank (BNDES) said on Wednesday.
Supported by a BRL-10.36-million (USD 2.68m/EUR 2.36m) non-reimbursable grant by BNDES, the biogas facility is located at the Municipal Company of Urban Cleaning (COMLURB) in the district of Caju.
With a total investment of BRL 11.66 million, the facility can process 30 tonnes of solid waste per day. It will produce roughly 100 cubic meters of gas per tonne of treated organic waste, with a 50% to 60% concentration of methane, and fertilizer as by-product. A generator at the site will allow for the production of electricity from the gas.
The technology for the project has been developed by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in partnership with Methanum Tecnologia Ambiental Ltda and COMLURB.
(BRL 1 = USD 0.26/EUR 0.23)