Last August, a landfill gas power plant site has been inaugurated in Minas do Leão. The plant is the result of efforts by the local government and Solvì, leader company of ecological treatment of waste in Brazil.
The total amount of money invested by Solvì in this area has been about 30 million Reals (about 8.4 million Euros).
The landfill gas powered system, installed by AB, consists of 6 Ecomax® 14BIO fueled by landfill biogas that mainly uses urban waste from the city of Porto Alegre, for a total amount of over 35.000 tons per day, and operating at full capacity, generates 8.5 megawatts of electricity serving the energy needs of more than 200.000 people.
As highlighted by the State Governor, José Ivo Sartori, during the opening ceremony: “The recently inaugurated landfill and power plant will bring several benefits to the environment and local populations. They greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thus protecting the local flora and fauna; they do not generates smells; they produce power from renewable sources, they do not alter the local topography; they dispose of large amounts of waste and do not pollute aquifers.”
Carlos Alberto Bezerra, Develoment Director of Solvì, states : “We are helping the resolution of the environmental cause; no more greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, methane is destroyed while electricity is generated. Minas is an excellent example of how the Brazilian open dump sites could be improved.”
After the fulfillment of this project, AB has been asked to install another power generation site for the Brazilian landfill sector: 21 Ecomax® 14 Bio systems (about 30 MW) are being installed in Caieiras, in the San Paolo region. This plant will be inaugurated by the end of the current year and will be the largest landfill gas powered plant in the world.
Caieiras and Minas power plants represent an important contribution of AB to the energy efficiency of Brazil, a symbolic country in the fight for environmental protection.
Biogas Channel followed the construction of Minas do Leão plant step by step. Take a look at the video.
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