This SEPS exchange aims to develop a strong base of biodigester practitioners in Ecuador and to form linkages between actors with interest in the technology at local and national levels.
Initial training activities undertaken by RedBioEc in 2016 demonstrated a significant unmet demand for training on basic theoretical and practical aspects of biogas technology among actors interested or already involved in the promotion of biogas-based solutions in Ecuador. This SEPS exchange aims to develop a strong base of biodigester practitioners and to form linkages between actors with interest in the technology at local and national levels. The exchange will consist of a series of training workshops in three different regions in Ecuador. The format in each region will be as follows.
The first workshop will consist of an intensive three-day training programme: one day focused on basic biodigester theory and design; one day of field visits to operational digesters in the area and practical/theoretical training on effluent fertiliser; and one day of practical training by installing a low-cost polyethylene (PE) tubular biodigester, which participants will monitor over the following months.
The second workshop will take place approximately two months after the first workshop. It will aim to answer any questions and solve any difficulties that have arisen and to reinforce the participants’ knowledge and skills. Moreover, additional biodigester installations may take place during the second workshop in response to the anticipated increased interest of local farmers to invest in the technology.
The exchange will conclude with a national event, where the regional experiences will be shared and discussed. This event should also provide a platform for discussion, bringing together a broader spectrum of actors in order to find strategies for supporting the further development of the biogas sector in Ecuador.