BIOMASS ENERGY PROJECT
BRAZIL - RENEWABLE ENERGY OFFSET - BIOMASS
NOBRECEL S/A CELLULOSE AND PAPER
THE NOBRECEL CELLULOSE AND PAPER MILL IN Sﾃグ PAULO, BRAZIL, REPLACES GRID ELECTRICITY BY USING WASTE BIOMASS AS FUEL. THE MILL RUNS ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY ON BLACK-LIQUOR, AN ORGANIC BYPRODUCT OF PULP AND PAPER PRODUCTION.
VCS Project ID: 00078 Developed under the Voluntary Carbon Standard
PROJECT: REDUCING GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS VIA BIOMASS ENERGY GENERATION, WHICH REDUCES THE ELECTRICAL CONSUMPTION. The NOBRECEL Biomass energy project developed by Nobrecel S/A Celulose e Papel is a co-generation project using biomass residues as fuel in Pindamonhangaba city, Brazil. The project activity consists of renewable energy generation. This new cogeneration plant replaces fuel-oil-fired boilers and reduces the electricity consumption from the grid. The new equipment will allow the project developer to produce steam only from biomass residues. These biomass residues will be either a by-product from the project developer core business or obtained from third parties (located near the project developer). The residues will be burned in the new biomass boiler to produce high-pressure steam. As the production process of the project developer only demands low pressure steam, a turbine will be installed complementarily to the boiler in order to generate electricity from the high pressure steam. This electrical energy will be used in the production process, as well as in other day-to-day activities, displacing grid generated electricity.
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL. Brazil is now recognized as the 6th largest economy in the world, achieving a GDP growth of 5.1 per cent in 2008/09. Brazil’s GDP is worth 1613 billion dollars or 2.60% of the world economy, according to the World Bank. Brazil is one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the World. With large and growing agricultural, mining, manufacturing and service sectors, Brazil’s economy ranks highest among all the South American countries. The combination of a stable economy, falling interest rates and rising tourism are among the factors that are attracting investors in increasing numbers to the Brazilian market.
POWER CAPACITY EXPANSION PROJECT
THE PROJECT ACTIVITY IS BASED ON THE OPERATION OF A POWER GENERATION UNIT LOCATED IN AN AGRO-INDUSTRIAL PLANT GENERATING THE BIOMASS RESIDUES (BY-PRODUCTS OF PULP AND PAPER PRODUCTION) AND SUPPLIED BY BIOMASS RESIDUES COMING FROM A NEARBY AREA. ALL BIOMASS RESIDUES USED IN THE PROJECT HAVE THE FOLLOWING PROPERTIES: THE BIOMASS RESIDUES USED EITHER ARE A BY-PRODUCT FROM THE PROJECT DEVELOPER’S OWN FORESTRY ACTIVITIES OR WOOD RESIDUES FROM DIFFERENT INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION (SAWMILLS, WOOD PACKS, ETC); NO OTHER BIOMASS TYPES OTHER THAN THE BIOMASS RESIDUES DESCRIBED ABOVE, ARE USED IN THE PROJECT PLANT AND THESE BIOMASS RESIDUES ARE THE PREDOMINANT FUEL USED IN THE PROJECT PLANT. THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROJECT WILL NOT RESULT IN AN INCREASE OF THE PROCESSING CAPACITY OF RAW INPUT OR IN OTHER SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES IN THE PULP AND PAPER PROCESS; NO SIGNIFICANT ENERGY QUANTITIES, EXCEPT FROM TRANSPORTATION OF THE BIOMASS, ARE REQUIRED TO PREPARE THE BIOMASS RESIDUES FOR FUEL COMBUSTION.
”THE PROJECT IS FORECASTED TO REDUCE A TOTAL OF 802,335 TONNES OF CO2 EMISSIONS IN ITS FIRST PERIOD.” ECO SECURITIES
FULFILLING GOALS IN THE HOST COUNTRY
CONTRIBUTES TO LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY SINCE IT WILL DECREASE USE OF FOSSIL FUELS AND REPLACE THE USE WITH AN ALTERNATIVE RENEWABLE SOURCE. • CONTRIBUTES TOWARDS BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS AS CONTACT WITH FUEL OIL CAN BE DANGEROUS TO THE EMPLOYEES, AND INCREASES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AREA WHERE THE PROJECT IS LOCATED; • CONTRIBUTES TOWARDS BETTER REVENUE DISTRIBUTION SINCE THE USE OF A RENEWABLE FUEL DECREASES DEPENDENCE ON FOSSIL FUELS; • CONTRIBUTES TO TECHNOLOGICAL AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT; • THIS TYPE OF PROJECT CAN STIMULATE FURTHER INNOVATIVE INITIATIVES INSIDE THE BRAZILIAN ENERGY SECTOR; • CONTRIBUTES TO REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND CONNECTION WITH OTHER SECTORS, SUCH AS ENGINEERING AND CIVIL CONSTRUCTION.
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