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Energy revolution: WEG and Orizon promise first energy plant from waste in Brazil

Written by Alisson Ficher
Published 19/06/2024 às 17:21
WEG and Orizon lead an innovative project to transform waste into electrical energy, promising a cleaner and more sustainable future. (Image: reproduction)
WEG and Orizon lead an innovative project to transform waste into electrical energy, promising a cleaner and more sustainable future. (Image: reproduction)

Brazil should have, in the coming years, a plant capable of generating energy from waste. That, at least, is what two Brazilian companies promise.

According to an announcement made on Tuesday (18), the WEG will provide essential equipment for the electricity generation plant the energy based on energy recovery from waste, an innovative Orizon project that will come into operation in 2027.

According to the Reuters news agency, the contract, the value of which remains confidential, stipulates that WEG will supply a 20 megawatt (MW) turbogenerator set.

This set, according to the source cited, includes a condensation steam turbine with reaction technology, turbo reducer and synchronous generator from the ST 41 line.

Furthermore, WEG will provide a hydraulic unit, panels with protection and control systems, as well as other complementary services.

The production and installation of the equipment will be carried out at WEG units in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, and Sertãozinho, a city located in the interior of São Paulo. This equipment will be installed at the Orizon plant by the company Interunion.

Turning waste into energy

The Orizon plant was contracted through an auction held by the government in 2021 and is classified as an Energy Recovery Unit (URE).

The unit will be responsible for processing solid waste collected in the municipalities of Barueri, Carapicuíba and Santana do Parnaíba, all located in the metropolitan region of São Paulo.

This solid waste will serve as raw material for the plant's boilers, which will transform the waste into electrical energy. In total, the unit will have a capacity of 20 MW, enough to supply around 320 people annually.

Start of plant operations

In an interview with the news agency Reuters, Milton Pilão, CEO of Orizon, highlighted that the unit will come into operation in January 2027 and will help in the proper disposal of waste, “especially in a densely populated region”.

On the other hand, Paulo Sinoti, director of WEG Energia, highlighted the pioneering nature of the project and reinforced WEG's commitment to contributing to a more efficient and sustainable world.

For experts, this initiative not only promotes adequate waste management in an area with a large population, but also represents a milestone in the generation of renewable energy in Brazil.

In this sense, it is understood that Brazil can now be considered one of the countries with the greatest expertise in energy recovery technologies, reaffirming the commitment of companies and the country itself to sustainability and technological innovation.

For Orizon, the unit developed by the company will be an example of how waste can be transformed into a valuable source of energy.

In this context, the expectation is that the technology will become a viable and sustainable alternative for managing urban waste, reducing dependence on landfills and promoting the generation of clean energy.

National project

The two companies involved in the construction of the plant are Brazilian. The first, the WEG, was founded in 1961 and today is one of the largest manufacturers of electrical equipment in the world.

The company provides its customers with electric motors, generators, transformers and automation and control equipment, and is known for its technological innovation and commitment to sustainability.

Already Orizon Waste Recovery operates in the management and recovery of solid waste. According to the company, its objective is to transform waste into resources.

Because of this, the organization develops innovative solutions for the appropriate disposal of urban and industrial waste, investing in cutting-edge technologies to promote sustainability and the circular economy.

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Alisson Ficher

Journalist graduated since 2017 and working in the field since 2015, with six years of experience in printed magazines and more than 12 thousand online publications. Specialist in politics, jobs, economics, courses, among other topics. If you have any questions, want to report an error or suggest an agenda on the topics covered on the site, please contact us by email: alisson.hficher@outlook.com. We do not accept resumes!

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