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Turning Brazilian Trash into Fuel

FirmGreen’s Biogas cleaning equipment is loaded up at Guild Associates for ultimate delivery to Brazil.

California-based FirmGreen, Inc. is set to export the 4th and final shipment of its proprietary biogas cleaning equipment to Rio De Janiero, in preparation for turning dirty landfill gas into clean, renewable fuel.

FirmGreen, Inc. (FirmGreen®) a technology leader in the renewable energy field, has prepared its final shipment of proprietary biogas cleaning equipment for export to Brazil, setting the stage for the installation phase of the project. The Brazilian based project sponsor is Gás Verde, SA and the completed plant will clean biogas from the nearby Novo Gramacho landfill for sale to a local oil refinery owned and operated by Petrobras, the largest company in Latin America and the eighth largest energy company in the world.

The final shipment of FirmGreen equipment, mostly manufactured at Guild Associates in Dublin, Ohio, and shipped in installments over the past 11 months, has been loaded onto 16 trucks and is enroute to the Port of Jacksonville, Florida, where it will be shipped to the Port of Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival in Brazil by late May, the equipment will be transported to the Gás Verde biogas purification plant at the Novo Gramacho landfill for assembly. By fall 2012, FirmGreen expects to begin operation of its patented CO₂ wash process at the Gás Verde facility to convert landfill gas into clean, biomethane fuel, with an energy content equivalent to natural gas. Gás Verde will then inject the clean biogas, sold under FirmGreen’s trademark of gCNG®, into a pipeline 3.7 miles long to the local Petrobras refinery. Petrobras plans to use the gCNG to generate over 10 percent of the thermal energy needed to run its Duque de Caxias Refinery….

….About the Novo Gramacho Landfill

The Novo Gramacho landfill was the setting for part of the Waste Land movie which follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn to his native Brazil and to Novo Gramacho, the world’s largest managed landfill, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. The film won more than twenty international awards, and was also a 2011 Academy Awards® Best Documentary Feature Nominee.

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Vultures and scavengers at Jardim Gramacho, the largest open air landfill in Latin America

I think the story above is wrong, it was not Novo Gramacho, but Jardim Gramacho in the film, but…

Jardim Gramacho is on the verge of being decommissioned.

People collect recyclable materials from Jardim Gramacho municipal landfill where the documentary “Lixo Extraordinario,” or “Waste Land,” was filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 10.

The Power of Poo!

The concept is simple; Prisoners go to the toilet, their waste is collected, it makes gas, the gas goes to the kitchen, prisoners cook using the gas, eat the food they cook, go to the toilet… and the whole process starts again.

NSINDA PRISON, Rwanda, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A prisoner ignites a faint blue flame under one of 10 massive stoves in a prison kitchen in eastern Rwanda to start preparing a maize and bean lunch for the inmates.

Once powered by costly, environmentally-damaging firewood, the kitchen in Nsinda prison now runs on a free, renewable resource – the waste from nearly 8,000 inmates, many jailed for their part in the 1994 genocide, and manure from cows.

Rwanda has installed biogas plants in all 14 of its prisons, one small part of the central African nation’s plan to use renewable energy rather than the charcoal and firewood that provides 85 percent of its energy needs.

It plans to take biogas into Rwandan homes, where just 14 percent of the population currently has access to electricity, the Energy Ministry says.

“Before using biogas, we were using 1 billion Rwandan francs ($1.7 million) to buy firewood each year. After using biogas, we have reduced that amount by 85 percent.” Emmanuel Ndori, director of biogas production in Rwanda’s prisons, told Reuters. read more

Source: Kigali Wire

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