Volvo Penta: Powering 24/7 Biodiesel Production

In Brazil, Volvo Penta, Brasil Geradores (BRG), and Binatural have collaborated on a bioiesel project. Binatural's biodiesel facility operates with three Volvo Penta-powered BRG gensets. 
Volvo Penta: Powering 24/7 Biodiesel Production
Binatural's biodiesel facility operates with three Volvo Penta-powered BRG gensets.

This local trial-adoption of biodiesel blends is aimed at optimizing costs and channeling excess energy back to the local community, while gathering knowledge of how the genset segment can bridge energy gaps sustainably.

As a long-time Volvo Penta customer, having served the Brazilian market for over 20 years, BRG Brasil Geradores has accumulated vast experience in developing reliable solutions that maintain a customer’s access to electricity at times of peak consumption or supply disruption.

“A production plant on the scale of Binatural’s must not come to an unplanned stop at any time, which means the equipment must be extremely reliable,” explains Silvio de Oliveira, CEO of BRG Brasil Geradores.

“The engines were trial tested for 2000 hours of continuous operation, blending in the biodiesel manufactured onsite by Binatural, and under our supervision, automation, and control technologies. Together, our efforts and knowledge are helping to redefine the future of sustainable biofuel use.”

Founded in 2006, Binatural is a major Brazilian industrial group specializing in biodiesel, with a commitment to providing a renewable and clean product that positively impacts society and nature.

“The constant search for renewable energy sources and changing Brazil’s energy matrix are very important,” says André Lavor, CEO of Binatural. “Moving our industry with the product we manufacture reinforces our engagement with the planet.”

The acquisition of three BRG Slim 625 kVA powered by Volvo Penta's TAD-1641GE engines is a testament to Binatural's dedication to reliable and robust machinery. These engines, the backbone of the operation, have undergone rigorous testing, emerging as stalwart workhorses capable of continuous, efficient operation.

In light of the Volvo Group’s well-known net zero ambitions, the project was not just a partnership that Volvo Penta was eager to become involved with, but one that is likely to have implications for its future developments.

“We want to use all the experience we gained from these trials to develop new projects with the aim of reducing emissions,” says Felipe Lopes, Industrial Sales Director, Volvo Penta Brazil. “Renewable sources of energy are an important component in our road to net-zero.”

“In our industry, we must have equipment with high-quality standards that guarantees our availability to customers and partners with whom we have a solid relationship of trust,” concludes Lavor.

“BRG’s Volvo Penta-powered generators are now part of this large bold structure, which is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Now we have at home three generators powered in part by biodiesel that we produce – and we are very happy!”

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