A partnership between Brasil Clean Energy from Balneário Camboriú and Pomerode-based Eco Conceitos, local subsidiary of the German company Archea, make this project possible. The facility will have its opening ceremony on Monday, September 8.
The plant, installed on a pig farm, will use the methane resulting from the animal waste biodigestion through the German-made technology. Once obtained, the fluid will be processed to adjust its chemical composition to biomethane standard, similar to the fossil natural gas currently distributed in Santa Catarina.
The Gas Technology Manager of the Gas Company of Santa Catarina (SCGás), Ricardo Konishi, explains: “Customers in both the ceramics industry and CNG stations sector already showed interest in this alternative but the sale of this fuel will start once the Regulatory Framework for Biogas in Brazil is published by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).” It is expected that the law will establish the rules and procedures for the production, transportation, sales and use of biomethane by mid-December.
The sale of 2,500 m³/day projected would be managed by SCGás, which should start to sell the compressed fuel in cylinders. “The partnership between SCGás and the biorefinery is a major achievement. Developing projects like this shows we see opportunities; it solves both the issue of environmental impact resulting from the disposal of pig manure and the problem of short natural gas supply happening today,” says the president of SCGás, Cósme Polêse.