December 25, 2022 - By Monique de Carvalho
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The plant will use residential waste to generate energy in 14 municipalities - Photo: Getty Images
Brazil will take another step towards sustainability! The first plant in the state, which transforms residential waste into electricity, is already under construction and should be inaugurated by the end of 2023 in the State of São Paulo.
The plant will be located in the city of Palmital, approximately 400 kilometers from the capital and will initially cover 13 other municipalities in the region.
Garbage will be collected from approximately 150,000 homes, which will result in the generation of 144 MW/day, enough to meet the energy demand of almost 30,000 homes per year.
Clean and well-stocked cities
Less garbage and more savings on the electricity bill are the two biggest advantages for the residents of these cities.
According to the Vale do Paranapanema Intermunicipal Consortium (CIVAP), responsible for the project, the construction of the plant will avoid the annual disposal of almost 94,000 tons of waste in landfills.
There is still no expectation of how much consumption in electricity bills, but the perspective is that the values will reduce a lot, in consideration of what is charged today by conventional plants.
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As for the energy incineration process, the other project partner, the concessionaire BAL-CIVAP, guaranteed that the ashes generated by the transformation of fuel derived from waste into gas are not harmful to the environment.
In addition, these ashes can also be reused to make asphalt mass and bricks.
“We will receive the waste in natura, crush it, dehydrate it and create a fuel, which is later transformed into gas”, explains Luciano Reis Infiesta, president of Carbogás Energia, the company executing the project and holder of the patent.
Sustainable Development Goals
Another fact that the Palmital plant draws attention is that this will be the first time that a plant is created using technologies framed in the 12 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These goals are part of a UN global plan to improve the planet's sustainability by 2030.