Brazil saw record biomass output last year

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In 2023, a record 3,218 average megawatts (MW) were generated from biomass in Brazil, constituting 4.6% of the year's total energy consumption, the Ministry of Mines and Energy said on 27 February.
"We are working on several fronts to continue being a benchmark for clean energy around the world. In 2023, 93.6% of our electricity was generated from renewable sources, which reinforces Brazil's position as a world leader in energy transition," said Mines and Energy Minister Alexandre Silveira.
Brazil's previous record was set in 2020, when average energy output from biomass plants totaled 3,140 MW.
Last year, there was an increase in installed biomass capacity of 223 MW and, this year, output is expected to increase by 1,155 MW, representing a new record.
In 2023, the contribution of biomass to power generation ranged between 3.2% and 4.9% monthly.
There are 637 projects powered by biomass throughout Brazil, among which 422 use sugarcane bagasse, with a total capacity of 12,410 MW.
Forestry waste fuels some 76 power plants, generating 820 MW. Biogas provides 201 MW.
Black liquor, generated by the pulp and paper industry, fuels just 22 projects, though they are capable of generating 3,334 MW, making it the second largest energy source of biomass subsources.

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