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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 here
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