Bioenergy

Is the energy produced from the use of organic materials or waste resulting from an industrial or agro-industrial process. Among the most important bioenergy sponsored by the EEP, for its potential is the Biogas, which has been promoted mainly in the agricultural sector, working with swine, poultry, cattle and coffee industries, also in small hotels and poor households in rural areas; supporting them with the installation of anaerobic biodigesters, as well as power generation equipment that works with the biogas produced. This technology gives them the opportunity to provide treatment to the wastewaters arising from their processes, helping to overcome their environmental problems; as well as to reduce the energy costs of the beneficiaries that implement those projects, who also use the fertilizers derived from the process.

The efficient use of biomass in the form of firewood is another application sponsored by the Partnership, through the installation of more than 5,000 efficient stoves in the different countries, obtaining the following benefits: enabling the efficient use and conservation of forest resources; diminishing the respiratory diseases of the beneficiaries, avoiding the exposure to smoke from traditional stoves in rural areas; and savings in the purchase of firewood or other polluting traditional energy sources. This technology also includes the promotion of efficient ovens for the production of construction materials, pottery and bakery.

The EEP promoted numerous Biofuels projects (biodiesel and bioethanol), with feasibility studies, seeds and equipment; mainly supporting the establishment of plantations of Jatropha curcas, to encourage the development of a renewable energy alternative that replaces fossil fuels.