Biomass energy projects generate heat and/or electricity by combusting organic matter like rice husks, animal waste, sawmill waste and palm oil waste. The energy produced powers and heats homes and industries, often using waste that would have otherwise been left to decay, releasing methane into the atmosphere and added bulk to landfills.
The Horcones Biomass Power Plant expansion project activity consists in the expansion of the electric power generation capacity of the Horcones Forestry Complex, located in Chile’s VIII Region, in order to make it a net exporter of power to the grid. The project uses biomass residues (sawdust and bark) from third party sawmills as a renewable fuel source to cogenerate heat and power. The project was implemented by Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A., a leading forestry company headquartered in Chile, South America.
The Horcones project activity assists Chile’s sustainable development by fostering the implementation of distributed power generation. By using biomass residues, the Horcones project activity creates additional labor opportunities and prevents the uncontrolled burning or natural decay of the residues. This prevents water contamination and decreases the risk of forest fires in the region, which has historically suffered from high levels of particulate material pollution.
The Horcones CDM project activity is a good example of how forestry companies can successfully implement renewable, clean and more efficient technologies, while at the same time, incorporating effective and scalable policies to combat Climate Change in their long-term development strategy.
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