Cogeneration Potential in the Industrial Sector and Gas Emission Reduction: A Case Study

Natália de Assis Brasil Webe (Institute of Energy and Environment, Universidade de São Paulo)
Hirdan Katarina de Medeiros Costa (Institute of Energy and Environment, Universidade de São Paulo)


The current paper aims to discuss the potential of sustainable energy management in a decentralized manner by integrating cleaner energy production initiatives using different energy sources as a tool for achieving sustainability. In order to have a robust analysis our methods choose a specific case study based on industrial consumption. In this case, our goal is to conduct a comparative analysis of the use of diesel oil and replacing it with piped natural gas in a cogeneration system at the municipal industrial sector, aimed at local development through cleaner production mechanisms. This paper conduct a survey of the potential for cogeneration in the industrial sector of the municipality of Novo Hamburgo. The results have shown advantages of reducing CO2, CH4, N2O emissions and particulate matter in diesel oil replacement project by natural gas, and the need to maintain the NOx emission rates. Finally, after theoretical studies for our case, we concluded that after the diesel oil replacement for natural gas, the results of emissions would be beneficial and with this choice, it would be achieved a sustainable cleaner energy production.


sustainable energy; cleaner energy production; cogeneration system; decentralized generation; industrial sector; Novo Hamburgo-RS

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