Return on Investment By Switching to Biofuels

The conversion to biofuel is feasible in agribusinesses who have their own waste production the raw material needed to generate it.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The return on investment calculation of $9 million in less than four years was a deciding factor in the Cooperativa Agroindustrial de Productores de Palma Aceitera (Coopeagropal) introducing a clean energy program.

"The biggest investment is the installation of a giant digester using German technology, in which the organic matter from the plant wastewater is processed."

The gas generated, "serves in the first stage to replace diesel in heating boilers. Excess gas will be used in a second stage, for the generation of electricity throughout the plant and to be sold to the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)."

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Panama: Energy Produced in Landfill

January 2014

An announcement has been made for a plant in Cerro Patacón landfill to generate electricity using the methane gas emanating from the garbage.

The company Urbalia SA announced the construction of a plant to produce energy from the 2,200 tons of garbage entering the landfill at Cerro Patacón every day. The plant would have the capacity to generate 10 megawatts of electricity.

Guatemala: $ 5 Million for Biogas Production

March 2011

Implemented by company "Industrias de Biogás", the project will potentially generate 4 Megawatts.

Developed at a landfill in Zone 3 of Guatemala City, 120 wells will extract Methane from the landfill in order to produce the electricity.

"The landfill in Zone 3 receives about two thousand tons of garbage a day, and what is expected is for this project to produce an average of 70 thousand tons of carbon dioxide per year during the period 2012-2016,” reported

AES Gas Power Plant will Operate in April 2011

November 2010

The $43 million plant is the first powered by natural gas in El Salvador, and will begin operations in April 2011.

The plant, first of its kind in Central America, will have a generating capacity of 6MW to start, expanding in the future to 24MW.

Abraham Bichara, president of AES El Salvador, told that "AES Nejapa will be launched at an estimated cost of $ 43 million.

British firm aims to turn trash dump to power Guatemala

May 2008

Carbon Trade, a British company, aims to produce enough electricity to supply 600 homes from the methane produced by a trash dump in Guatemala.

Christian Siliézar, Carbon Trade's manager for Latin America, said the company had been granted a 25-year concession to use gas from the Las Periqueras dump on the Pacific Coast to generate about one megawatt of power.

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