Electricity from FSC Wood Waste in the Amazon

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    João Cruz Rodriges, Forestry Director, Precious Woods Amazon and head of the sawmill: "Forest management not only means that the forest grows in a more evolved manner but also assures that wildlife is completely unaffected." Photo credits: myclimate / Sávio Abi-Zaid

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    Judson da Silva e Silva and Nedio da Silva Fernandes harvest the timber in a sustainable manner. Damages of the surrounding vegetation are minimized. Photo credits: myclimate / Sávio Abi-Zaid

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    Sawmill of Precious Woods. The employees like that the sustainable forest management allows the forest after harvesting to fully recover in a few years. Photo credits: myclimate / Sávio Abi-Zaid

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    All harvested timber is FSC certified. Photo credits: myclimate / Sávio Abi-Zaid

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    Madalena Mendoça Vasconcelos and Maria de Nazaré Gil Monteir, general helpers. Madalena enjoys very much her job for it’s very organized and tidy. Maria points out that she has a good stability for her and her family as the salary never comes late. Photo credits: myclimate / Sávio Abi-Zaid

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    Sawmill (left) and power plant. A conveyor belt brings the wood residuals of the sawmill to the boiler where it generates energy. Photo credits: myclimate / Sávio Abi-Zaid

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    Isaac Barreto, CEO and Engineer BK Energia, showing the wood chips in the conveyor belt of the power plant. Prior to start-up of the plant, this wood waste was rotting in large piles on the property producing the greenhouse gas methane. Photo credits: myclimate / Sávio Abi-Zaid

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    César Riso Gomes, field operator, from Silves, Amazonas. He controls the oven of the power plant. Photo credits: myclimate / Sávio Abi-Zaid

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    Itacoatiara, Avenida Parque. The power plant provides about 40 per cent of the energy demand of Itacoatiara, a town with 80,000 inhabitants in the middle of the rainforest. Thanks to the power plant, the local population benefits from lower energy prices and a more stable energy supply. Photo credits: myclimate / Sávio Abi-Zaid

In the Brazilian Amazonas region, myclimate supports the switch from diesel to climate-friendly FSC woodchips for the production of electricity.

This small-scale project is the first worldwide that generates emission reduction certificates on the basis of sustainably harvested biomass from FSC- (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forestry. The woodchip power plant with 9 MW of electrical output is located in the sawmill of the Precious Woods company in Itacoatiara, a small town in the Brazilian Amazon.

The project saves 10-15 million liters of Diesel fuel per year.

The project replaces several diesel generators and helps tu supply the approximately 80,000 inhabitants of the city with climate-friendlier power. Thanks to the power plant, the local population benefits from lower energy prices and a more stable energy supply (less failures and transport losses). The plant produces annually up to 45,000 mWh of electricity, for which otherwise around 10-15 million litres of diesel would be consumed. The waste heat generated during this process is used for the wood drying plants.

Sustainable forestry is more than taking care about trees. It is important for the whole ecosystem rainforest as it guarantees the protection of the great biodiversity.
João Cruz Rodriguez, Director Forestry Precious Woods

For the production of the electricity, around 100,000 tons of wood are required annually. These are delivered in the form of wood waste and sawdust from the sawmill. All this wood waste comes from sustainable forestry in accordance with FSC guidelines. Prior to start-up of the plant, this wood waste was rotting in large piles on the property. Through the sustainable use of the waste, a reduction of the greenhouse gas methane was therefore also possible. The total reduction amounts to about 48,000 tons of CO2 equivalents annually.

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