Brazil unveils bus fueled by chicken manure

Monday, December 1, 2014

Brazil's first biomethane-fueled vehicle has begun circulating in the southern state of Paraná.

The initiative is the result of a partnership between Swedish manufacturer Scania, power generator Itaipu Binacional and Latin American renewable energy research center Cier.

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"Made in Sweden, the vehicle is considered one of the most modern public transport [vehicles] in the world, with an engine that runs on both with compressed natural gas and biomethane," Scania's Brazil sales director Silvio Munhoz said in a statement on Monday.

The vehicle is fueled by chicken manure from the Granja Haacke biomethane farm in Santa Helena, on the Brazil-Paraguay border.

According to Scania, the biogas technology represents a 70% reduction in carbon emissions compared to diesel engines.

The vehicle began transporting employees of Itaipu Binacional in October and is now en route to Rio Grande do Sul state, where it will continue to be used for demonstration trials.

"We are receiving requests from other cities interested in seeing this technology," Munhoz said. "The most important thing to note is that this is 100% commercially viable."