Biogas can be key to bio-economy in the Amazon

The bioeconomy has been pointed out as a solution for the preservation of the Amazon Forest. An unprecedented study points out biogas as the best option for the region, as it is a fuel produced from organic matter. Biogas could compete perfectly with other sources in government energy auctions, and in the form of bio-methane could replace diesel imports, which would reduce emissions of polluting gases by 85%.

Solar sector generated more than $1.6 bn in revenue

A survey by the Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy (ABSOLAR) shows that the sector has reversed more than R$ 9 billion ($1.6 bn) in the last eight years with taxes on equipment installed in distributed generation projects connected to the national electricity system. According to ABSOLAR, the source has already generated more than R$ 31 billion ($5.6 bn) in private investments in the country, creating about 180 thousand jobs.

Ibama rejects Caucaia offshore wind farm project

Ibama rejected the application for a preliminary license to install the offshore wind farm Caucaia, in Ceará. The 598 MW project is a partnership between the Italian company Imprese and Sviluppo and the businessman Lucio Bonfim. The environmental impact study (EIA/Rima) was rejected and the preliminary license was denied for the second time, due to deficiencies in port solutions and impacts on the beach of the Ceará coast.

Marcopolo creates new articulated bus with 100% electric technology

Bus manufacturer Marcopolo presents the Attivi Express, its new model of articulated urban bodywork dedicated to electric propulsion chassis. The model is part of the launch of the project of the first light vehicle on 100% electric in Brazil. The supply of the VLPs will be the responsibility of BYD, global leader in the manufacture and commercialisation of electric vehicles, which chose Marcopolo as a partner in the development of this pioneering model in Brazil.

Brazilian government will sell 100% of its participation in Vale

The federal government will reduce its participation in Vale mining company by 100%, highlighting that it is not an objective of public authorities to be shareholders of companies. The government still had a participation in Vale and is reducing its participation until it sells 100%. The government will substantially reduce its portfolio of companies and its hedge fund.

StartSe will inaugurate solar power plant in Ceará

StartSe, dedicated to photovoltaic power generation, will inaugurate the construction of a solar plant in Ceará. The structure will be in Potengi and intends to supply up to 5 thousand homes. In total 25 thousand photovoltaic modules of 400w of power each will be implemented, totalling a plant with power of 10 MW. Ceará occupies a prominent position as a centralised solar energy producer in the country, with a total of 950.1 MW of power.

Deforestation alerts in the Amazon rise 34.5% over a year

The areas with an alert for deforestation in the Amazon increased 34.5% in the period of one year, according to data released by the Space Research Institute (Inpe). From August 2019 to July 31 of this year, there was an alert for deforestation of 9,205 km² of forest area, an area more than six times the size of the city of São Paulo.

Pandemic bill in Brazil has reached $140 bn

According to a survey conducted by Estadão, based on government and bank estimates, the pandemic is expected to cost around R$ 700 billion ($ 140 bn) in 2020 alone, the equivalent of almost 10% of GDP and R$ 3,300 ($660) for each Brazilian. From the public accounts point of view, this represents almost six times the deficit forecast for this year before the pandemic, of R$ 124.1 billion ($25 bn).