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The establishment of the Biogas Laboratory (Labiogás) took place in the year 2011 in the premises of Itaipu Technology Park, in Foz do Iguaçu, in the State of Paraná, Brazil. Its creation resulted from a partnership undertaking involving ITAIPU Binacional, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization – UNIDO, Itaipu Technology Park Foundation – FPTI (Fundação Parque Tecnológico Itaipu), the Federal University of Latin American Integration – UNILA (Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana), the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences – BOKU University, Vienna, Austria, and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency – EMBRAPA (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária).
Labiogás was conceived as a replica of the BOKU Laboratory in Austria, which has achieved recognition by the European Biogas Network. 

The laboratory currently works in the field of regional development by means of analytical studies of diverse biomass materials. Its focus is directed to biogas production in the Western region of the Brazilian State of Paraná. 

Its premises are intended to become a reference space for the establishment of additional biogas laboratories in the various Regions of Brazil to provide for the great diversity of biomass, and the expansion of the project in every part of the whole country.








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Essay conducted in order to determine the amount of volatile solids in the substratum. It is applied for sample quantitative interpretation of the total amount of matter, with the exclusion of water, either in the form of dissolved or colloidal substances, or solids in suspension.
The result obtained from total solids determination is submitted to 550°C. The organic fraction volatilizes and the inorganic fraction remains in the form of ashes or fixed solids.
They refer to the organic content of solids. This amount is obtained from the difference between the resulting total solids and the fixed total solids. The determination of volatile solids is performed in order to characterize biodegradable matter.

It refers to the physical-chemical magnitude hydrogenionic potential, which indicates acidity, neutrality or alkalinity of an aqueous solution.
It is defined as the amount of a specific chemical oxidant that reacts with the sample at controlled temperature conditions. This method is used for the measurement of pollutants (organic matter) in residual and natural waters.
It refers to the determination of chemical compounds (bicarbonates, hydroxids and carbonates) used in the control of water and effluents. The level of alkalinity is related to organic matter decomposition and high carbon dioxide liberation by the microorganisms.
The amount of material that sediments as a result of gravity force, on the basis of one liter of sample left at rest for one hour in an Imhoff cone. Its constitution comprises materials that were initially in suspension in domestic and industry waters and effluents. They can be removed through sedimentation after a decantation period.
Sulphates are classified as one of the most powerful anaerobic digestion inhibitors. They operate as electron receptor for sulphate reducing bacteria, which can result in competition among groups of methanogenic bacteria.
This assay refers to the determination of biogas and methane production potential of biomass by means of batch fermentation test, with the quantification and characterization of the gases produced. This analysis has the objective of determining which substrata produce the highest amounts of methane. The higher the biomethane amount in biogas, the better the energy potential will be. Biogas production basically depends on biological degradation of organic compounds (including fats, proteins and carbohydrates) in anaerobic conditions.
It aims at determining biogas composition, which depends on the substrate and the parameters of the fermentation process. The parameters under analysis are Methane (%), Carbon Dioxide (%), Oxygen (%) and Sulphydric Gas (ppm). Methane quantities vary from 50% to 80% of the volume.

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 Av. Tancredo Neves, 6731
Edifício das Águas - Sala 11
Parque Tecnológico Itaipu
Foz do Iguaçu - Paraná - Brazil


Telephone: +55 45 3576-7166