Vita BioEnergia Limitada

Vita BioEnergia Ltda. specializes in the development and management of vertically integrated projects in the production of renewable biomass energy and sustainable biofuels in Brazil. The company, a member of the Vita Bio Group, provides the management team to deliver growth to existing brownfield biofuels plants, or to develop new greenfield facilities. Vita BioEnergia Ltda. provides investment opportunities in sustainable biomass energy, bio-ethanol and biodiesel production as well as offering its advisory and management services to strategic partners.

Biomass Energy  

Biomass is used as the raw material for the production of clean renewable biomass energy and biofuels. There is no universally accepted definition of renewable energy, but it is generally agreed that it includes energy derived from natural processes that do not involve the consumption of exhaustible resources such as fossil fuels and uranium. Hydropower, wind and wave power, solar and geothermal energy and combustible renewables and renewable waste (landfill gas, waste incineration, solid biomass and liquid biofuels) are the constituents of renewable energy.

Biomass is the organic matter in agricultural crops, trees and other living plant material. It is made up of carbohydrates, or organic compounds that are formed in growing plant-life. It is solar energy stored in organic matter. As trees and plants grow, the process of photosynthesis uses energy from the sun to convert carbon dioxide into carbohydrates (sugars, starches and cellulose), while releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Carbohydrates are the organic compounds that make up biomass. When plants die, the process of decay releases the energy stored in carbohydrates and discharges carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. Biomass is a renewable energy source because the growth of new plants and trees replenishes its supply.

What is Biomass

Biomass is a renewable fuel product made from agricultural and forestry residues, municipal solid wastes, industrial wastes, and terrestrial and aquatic crops grown solely for energy purposes. It does not include organic materials, which have been transformed by geological processes into substances such as coal or petroleum.

Biomass can be used as fuel for power generation in the electricity sector and for space heating in residential and commercial buildings. Direct combustion, or a steam turbine system is perhaps the most common process for converting biomass into electricity, or bioelectricity. However burning biomass is not the only way to release this energy. Biomass can also be converted to other usable forms of energy such as methane gas, the main ingredient of natural gas, or biofuels used for transportation, such as ethanol and biodiesel.

In the direct combustion process, fuel pretreatment reduces biomass to a particle size of less than 2 millimeters and a moisture content of less than 25 percent. Then the fuel is burned with compressed air. Cleanup of the combustion gas reduces particulate matter before the gas expands through the turbine stage. The turbine drives a generator to produce electricity.

Background of Biomass Energy in Brazil

Biomass in Brazil is commonly produced from sugarcane bagasse, wood shavings and other biodegradable agricultural waste. The plant operator burns the biomass feedstock directly to produce steam to drive a turbine, which turns a generator that converts the power into electricity. The process is called cogeneration, which is an energy efficient and environmentally friendly method of producing electricity, steam and/or hot water at the same time, in one process, with one fuel. Traditional power plants waste up to 75% of the original fuel through heat loss, line transmission losses and other process inefficiencies.

The resulting energy is typically used to operate and heat the respective sugarcane plant, paper mill or power plant, while the excess energy is sold to the local grid providing additional revenue for the plant operator.


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