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New study on organic waste to energy state-of-the-art in Latin America and Carribean

News from WISIONS posted on May 14th, 2020

WISIONS team member Willington Ortiz contributed with his expertise to an extensive research article on the state-of-the-art of organic waste to energy (OWtE) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), which was published recently in the Renewable Energy Journal. This research article aimed to provide an overview of the current situation of OWtE in the region and highlights the challenges and opportunities for further implementation of the technology. Access the study hereRead moreMinimize

Organic Waste-to-Energy (OWtE) technologies are considered to provide a simple and sustainable source for renewable energy in forms of electricity or heat from processing of biomass waste into fuel. Therefore, this type of energy production has great potential for energy access and actually reducing carbon emissions due to the substitution of carbon fuels. Regardless of the developmental advantages of the technology in the energy access context, the application of it is significantly underrepresented even though progress has been made. The research team of Silva-Martines, Sanches-Pereira, Gomez Galindo and Coelho have been supported by WISIONS team member Willington Ortiz and collectively they conducted the presented study in order to evaluate the current state-of-the-art of OWtE in the LAC region. By taking a closer look on the situation in the region, which is experiencing an increasing demand of technology and simultaneously meeting carbon emission goals, they aimed to analyse current challenges and concluding opportunities for the application of OWtE technologies in the region. Subsequently, they found out that the potential and impact of such technologies would generally have social and economic benefits, but also substantially contribute to improve waste and energy systems for sustainable development. The study concludes with important key findings for further analysis on the topic and could contribute to improve the dissemination of OWtE technologies in the LAC region.

The presented study can be accessed by following this URL-Link

Find out more about biodigestor technology in our latest webinar edition : 8. Development and application of biodigester technology - Advances from Latin America and Caribbean

More detailed information about the situation in LAC from our practitioner network RedBioLAC

Upcoming RedbioLAC Webinar

News from WISIONS posted on May 14th, 2020

Our partnership network RedbioLAC announcend a webinar on "Biodigestor para tratamiento de aguas del procesamiento del café" (engl. Biodigester for coffee processing water treatment"). It will take place on 20 May at 8 a.m. CRC (Costa Rica Time), more information on the webinar can be found below including the link for registration. Register here now!Read moreMinimize

English version (spanish below)

The production of coffee is one of the main economic and agricultural cornerstones of South American economies and follows a long tradition in means of production and processes. But in particular this production has enormous environmental impact because of the intensive use of water during the production process, conseqently resultiung in high amounts of untreated wastewater. More than 80% of the coffee bean dissolves in the wastewater, which actually makes it a highly polluting crop for the environment. However, the opportunity to use this untreated wastewater has been considered by the speaker Osmer Ponce (Universidad Catolica de Honduras) as an highly promising source of anaerobic digestion and the following production of renewable energy in biodigestor technology. Register for the webinar and learn more about the potential of biodigestor technology in the coffee production processs! Please consider that the webinar will be hold in spanish language!

When: 20 May 2020, 8 a.m. CRC (Costa Rica Time)

How: Register here under this URL Link

spanish version

La producción de café es uno de los principales pilares económicos y agrícolas de las economías sudamericanas y sigue una larga tradición en medios de producción y procesos. Pero en particular esta producción tiene un enorme impacto ambiental debido al uso intensivo de agua durante el proceso de producción, lo que resulta en altas cantidades de aguas residuales no tratadas. Más del 80% del grano de café se disuelve en las aguas residuales, lo que lo convierte en un cultivo altamente contaminante para el medio ambiente. Sin embargo, la oportunidad de utilizar estas aguas residuales no tratadas ha sido considerada por el ponente Osmer Ponce (Universidad Católica de Honduras) como una fuente muy prometedora de digestión anaeróbica y la siguiente producción de energía renovable en la tecnología de los biodigestores. Inscríbase en el seminario web y aprenda más sobre el potencial de la tecnología de biodigestión en el proceso de producción de café! Por favor, tenga en cuenta que el seminario web se celebrará en español!

Cuándo: 20 de mayo de 2020, 8 a.m. CRC (Hora de Costa Rica)

Cómo: Regístrese aquí bajo este URL Link

New project footage of Wind Empowerment in Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on May 5th, 2020

Our collaborative project partner Wind Empowerment recently published some video footage about their work in the rural areas of Argentina and it become quite apparent to see here: They had great joy in setting up their self-constructed wind-water turbines! Take a look for yourself, watch this informative video about small wind turbines and their impact on rural areas and learn more about our projects with Wind Empowerment!Wind Empowerment BlogRead moreMinimize
Video description by Wind Empowerment:  
During 2019 we implemented the Project: “Improvement and diffusion of the water pumping system with wind energy and electronic control. Solutions for rural residents of the Patagonian steppe of Argentina.” The objective that we share between Fundación 500RPM and LCA-UNSL (Laboratory of Automatic Control of the National University of San Luis), is to develop a robust, effective, efficient and accessible pumping system for rural residents of Argentina and the world. The developed system consists of: a 350W Piggott wind turbine; a diaphragm pump (popularly known as a “toad pump”); an electronic system consisting of a small bicycle motor and an electronic board (this allows the system to be operated without the use of batteries).

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