Project's aim

The focus of the project is to demonstrate the potential for producing biogas from slaughterhouse wastewater treatment in Ecuador. Previous research in Bolivia has shown the viability of treating wastewater using tubular digesters with low cost anaerobic filters.


Quito, Ecuador

Partners involved

CIMNE - Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics en Enginyeria

Biogas from Slaughterhouse Waste Water Treatment for Heating Purposes

The goal of the project is to evaluate and demonstrate the real impact of this technical solution in a municipal slaughterhouse in Quito, Ecuador. The biogas produced will be used for the purpose of heating water, thereby minimising the use of fossil fuels and the associated expenditure on energy.

There are currently a lack of successful examples of the use of biogas in this area of application. Therefore, if it is successful this SEPS project could serve as a demonstration project, triggering further replication in Ecuador and its neighbouring countries.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To conduct a detailed baseline study before setting up a biodigester system 
  • To implement a biodigestion system and a water boiler powered by biogas
  • To evaluate the performance of the system and monitor the biogas production and quality
  • To disseminate the experience to the public and to interested parties via workshops and scientific publications, as well as at the RedBioLAC meeting 2016

The project is being led by CIMNE (Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics en Enginyeria), with local partner INER undertaking the monitoring and laboratory activities. The beneficiary partner is the Quito Municipal slaughterhouse. The project duration is twelve months, starting in May 2016.