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International Renewable Energy Center – Biogas

CIBiogas is a scientific, technological and innovation institution which, in partnership with institutions such as the PTI Foundation, carries out projects related to renewable energies, emphasizing the promotion of sustainable development of the biogas chain.


The Center has 11 biogas production units, in small and medium-sized rural properties and in cooperatives in the west of Paraná; and one unit under construction in Uruguay. CIBiogas lab, which analyzes the potential production of biogas using different organic materials as energy source is installed at PTI. In 2016, the space became the first biogas lab in Brazil certified by the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) in the ISO 17025 standard, meeting criteria demanded worldwide.


In 2016, important actions were executed by the partnership CIBiogas and PTI Foundation:


Entre Rios do Oeste


A project began to be executed in partnership among the PTI Foundation, CIBiogas and Copel, which will connect 19 swine and poultry farms in the region of Entre Rios do Oeste, through a pipeline of approximately 22 kilometers. The animal waste of these spaces will be treated, transforming a polluting agent in biogas and biofertilizer, allowing the producers to negotiate these products and thus earn an additional income.


Biogas Production Unit


The deployment of the main equipment of an industrial complex, inside Itaipu, for the treatment of the biomass composed by part of the sewer produced in the Power Plant, organic waste from the restaurants located inside Itaipu and remnants of grass pruning is concluded. The biogas generated will be refined and turned into biomethane, used as cooking gas and biofuel. In the first quarter of 2017 the commissioning of the equipment and instruments of the plant must be concluded and, after that, the experimental operation begins.


Biomethane Mobility


The biomethane, produced from animal and agricultural waste at the Haacke farm, is compressed in cylinders and transported to the filling station at Itaipu Binacional, where part of the power plant's car fleet is fueled. In the end of 2016, it consisted of 59 biomethane-powered vehicles – an increase of 37% considering the previous year. Until August, 2016, the station operated at PTI.

8.565 m3 of biomethane (approximate production per year)

934 supplies

12 km/m3 was the average performance of the biomethane-powered vehicles




Development of a remote monitoring system applied to the plants of micro-generation of distributed energy, in order to allow the collect and the storage of production data and the online monitoring of the units' performance. The studies will be carried out at the mixed generation plant (biogas and photovoltaic energy), in Foz do Iguaçu, and at the photovoltaic generation plant in Porto Velho (RO). The project started in 2016, and the main results were: definition of the system's requirements, elaboration of project of plant automation, determining of the installation areas, permission to interconnect the generation system with the electrical network, material and equipment bidding and participation in technical and scientific events.


Distance Learning


Courses about Territorial Management and Biogas Energies were offered – in Portuguese, English and Spanish – for 275 students from 25 countries.




In May, PTI hosted the seminar Promoting the Use of Biogas and Biomethane in Brazil, in partnership with Itaipu, the Austrian Development Agency/ADA and Spirit Design. In November, a training about Basic and Technical Concepts for the Refining of Biogas was carried out at PTI, in partnership with Spirit Design, Boku University, Technical University of Vienna and Austrian Energy Agency.

Itaipu Binacional; Itaipu Technological Park Foundation; Eletrobras-Cepel; Compagás; CTGAS-ER; Fiep; Faep; City Hall of Toledo; State Secretariat for Agriculture and Food Supply; Iapar; Onudi; FAO; Sebrae and Lar Cooperative.