Biogas plant. Source: EBRD (www.ebrd.com). All rights reserved.
Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Raizen Energia SA has put into operation a 21-MW biogas plant, the government-owned news agency Agencia Brasil announced on Friday.
Located in Guariba municipality, Sao Paulo state, the biogas facility is capable of generating 138,000 MWh per year, enough to meet the annual demand of 62,000 local homes, Brazil's Mines and Energy minister, Bento Albuquerque, said. The new biogas plant was presented as the world's first commercial-scale plant to use filter cake and vinasse, by-products from ethanol and sugarcane production, as fuel to generate electricity.
The Brazilian government estimates that by 2030 the country will be able to reach a biogas production of up to 45 million cubic metres per day, more than twice the average volume of natural gas imported from Bolivia in 2019.
According to the energy minister, sugarcane derivatives participation in the Brazilian energy mix will jump to 19% in 2030 from the current 17%.
Raizen is a 50/50 joint venture between Brazilian sugar, ethanol and fuel sector player Cosan SA (BVMF:CSAN3) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS:RDSA).