Plant Using Rice Husk Biomass to Generate Energy Receives Approval in Brazil

The State Foundation for Environmental Protection (Fepam) issued an Installation License for the Uruguaiana Thermoelectric Plant, in Fronteira Oeste, which will use rice husk biomass to generate electrical energy. The project has a maximum instantaneous generation capacity of 5 MW, enough to meet the residential consumption of a city of around 30 thousand. 
Plant Using Rice Husk Biomass to Generate Energy Receives Approval in Brazil
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With the license obtained last week, the company Infravix Participações SA is authorized to begin work in a rural area in the town of Charqueada. 

The plant will operate 24 hours a day and will consume 45 thousand tons of husk from rice processing per year. The total investment is estimated at R$70 million. The organic matter will be supplied by processors in Uruguaiana. 

The industrial process to be implemented involves generating steam through the burning of organic matter in a boiler. The resulting ash will be incorporated into the soil, a step to be licensed separately by the Foundation, in a specific process of incorporating industrial waste into agricultural soil. 

 For the plant to operate, the company will still need to obtain the Operating License (LO), the next stage of the environmental licensing process. The energy generated will be interconnected to the national electrical system, also strengthening local and regional systems.

“It is another project in the region that uses a renewable energy source from agricultural production, an alternative that meets the state’s energy transition process. We are already following our path and will present it, in the coming days, at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change," said the Secretary of Environment and Infrastructure of RS , Marjorie Kauffmann.

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