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Promising biomass energy sources in Belize

30 May 2017

Efforts of TNO, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center and the University of Belmopan gave insight in the potential of biomass energy sources in Belize. Examples that were looked at were waste water treatment plants and mayor industries such as banana, livestock and forestry. The results were located on a google map and by using different models the potential of biogas production was calculated. This resulted in several promising options.
Biomass location map Belize

TNO, in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (C5) and the University of Belmopan conducted the potential study on producible biogas and renewable energy from biomass and organic waste in Belize. The principal part of the study ended last year with the last activity concluded this month.

Insight

The aim of the study was to provide insight in the potential of biomass energy sources in Belize. This was done by a combination of literature evaluation, field work and laboratory experiments to ascertain the location, volumes and quality of the available biomasses in the country. Examples that were looked at were waste water treatment plants and mayor industries such as banana, livestock and forestry. The results were located on a google map and by using different models the potential of biogas production was calculated. From these several promising options emerged and were further looked into.

Biomass location map Belize

A series of promising biomasses was selected for biogas potential experiments using the biogas lab (designed and build in the previous project by TNO). These real world results were used further in a specially designed model for biogas combined heat and power production.
The resulting analysis was combined in the google map, a breakdown of biogas potential yields per biomass with a further in depth analysis of the most promising biomasses in terms of energy and heat production.

Team at the Biogas Fair

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The results were presented in November 2016 during a B2B waste to energy & renewable energy fair in Belize city. Two representatives of TNO were present to present and discuss the result. A follow up project has been defined aiming to capitalize on the results of this study by establishing a multifunctional pilot plant for biogas production and identifying the possibilities for biomass gasification. This project is currently under consideration.

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