CIDET has won its first call at an international level. The project called “New Technologies for Waste Treatment and Energy Generation that Helps Accelerate Colombia’s Transition to a Low Carbon Economy” is funded by The Foreign & Commonwealth Office – FCO from the UK Government through the “Colombia Prosperity Fund 2016” program.
“The Project will generate and establish technical procedures (design and operation), interactive maps, and points of reference that will be used to identify the most suitable solution for the treatment of urban solid waste generated in the city of Medellin covering the three pillars of sustainability: society, environment, and economy. The most important yet, a financial investment plan will be prepared which will be discussed and adjusted with the key stakeholders in Medellin. Additionally, CHP or CCHP technologies will be evaluated and appropriated; these technologies allow an efficient use of waste produced in cities to generate heat, cold, or electricity through systems known around the world as Waste to Energy plants which are useful in residential or industrial buildings”, states Johann Ramirez, a professional in Experimental Development, who represents CIDET in the project.
The initiative will be developed in partnership with Exergy Ltd, a UK company with expertise in engineering and technology, with international experience in the development, design, construction, and operation of projects that contribute to a low carbon sustainable future. The methodology will be based on Annex 49 which is defined as an evaluation of Exergy that has been developed by R&D organisations such as the Energy International Agency, Ramirez explains.
Universidad EIA is also participating in the Project who will count on the support of Ruta N during the 10 months of execution. The purpose is to participate in a second call and continue working on the project on a second stage.
“What we expect for the future is to develop a Business Line in Colombia in the Waste to Energy topic and then develop this kind of project in South America. CIDET needs to be at the vanguard of the world’s technology in regards to Energy which may not be regarded as Energy anymore,but Exergy, for the energetic sector and a sustainable society. These initiatives allow diversifying the energetic matrix of a country in the long term while facing the landfill problem which is an immediate issue to solve” says Johann Ramirez.