June 17 (Renewables Now) – In the first five months of the year, Brazil’s biomass power plants injected 7,757 GWh into the National Interconnected System (SIN), according to the country’s sugarcane industry association Unica.
Marking a 9% growth over the same period last year, biomass plants generated enough power to meet the annual consumption of over 4 million local homes. The information comes from Unica’s most recent bioelectricity monthly report.
Brazil’s total installed biomass capacity amounts to 15,320 MW, representing 9% of the overall 174,564 MW. The report points out that sugarcane bagasse is the main fuel source for the country’s biomass plants with 11,709 MW. Black liquor, forest residues and biogas follow with 2,539 MW, 520 MW and 192 MW, respectively.
So far this year, 91 MW of new installed capacity were added and a further 325 MW are expected to be connected to the grid by December, Unica noted.