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August 2016

On July 25th 2016, the technical teams of Exergy, EIA University and CIDET developed a meeting with EPM which is one of the leading utility companies in Colombia. This meeting was held with the purpose of presenting the project and to request relevant information in order to carry out analysis of this information based on the project’s methodology.

The results of the meeting were favourable, giving a green light to one of the most important objectives of the project.

Ruta N is the organisation in charge of improving the capabilities of companies to enhance their innovative conditions.

On July 19th a meeting between Ruta N, EIA University and CIDET was held to request a loan for an auditorium in Ruta N for the development of the workshop at the end of this year, probably between November and December, and to develop further activities that allow an easy communication process as local and global levels.

On July 18th 2016, CIDET presented the project to the Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council – Colombia (WTERT Colombia) and to The Colombian Association of Engineers – Antioquia Chapter (ACIEM).

The meeting was attended by Eng. Álvaro García, director of WTERT Colombia, and Eng. Hugo Ospina, director of ACIEM Antioquia chapter, and by engineers of CIDET, Mónica Montoya, Daniel Chica, Carlos Andrés Álvarez and Johann Carlos Ramírez.

WTERT Colombia belongs to The Global Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT), located at Columbia University, New York. WTERT aims to bring together engineers, scientists and managers from industry and universities to identify the best available energy from waste (EFW), technologies for recovery of energy or fuels from solid waste. A long with organisations in several countries around the world, including Germany, Brazil, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and many more. WTERT is a global resource for those who want to learn more about Waste to Energy, its use, and its role in society.

ACIEM is the professional association of Colombian Engineering whose mission is to work for the professional and scientific development of its engineers and act as Technical Advisory Body of the National Government of Colombia (Law 51/86) in the areas of education, energy, telecommunications, electronics, environment, mechanics, among others.

As a result of this intervention, WTERT Colombia invited the consortium to publish the scope of the project on the website of this organisation (http://www.wtert.org.co/). They can also support the project with information available from The Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council (http://www.seas.columbia.edu/earth/wtert/) founded by the Earth Engineering Centre of Columbia University.

In order to identify and consolidate spaces for the dissemination of the project Waste to Energy Medellin. CIDET participated in the construction and feedback study of Waste to Energy made by Tecnnova within the strategy “Observatorio CT+i of Ruta N” for the city of Medellin known as INNRUTA (Competitive Intelligence Network), in order to discuss generalities and identify technologies, markets and opportunities related to this topic.

The sessions were held from June 3rd to July 21st 2016. CIDET identified several stakeholders for this topic in the city of Medellin. Also, it presented the project scope and it was selected to be part of the reference studies of Waste to Energy in the city.

Two Colombian institutions, CIDET and University EIA, and a UK-based company, Exergy Ltd, have come together to identify the most feasible, environmentally friendly, and suitable methods for waste treatment and energy generation in Medellin, Colombia.

“Medellin needs an urgent solution! Approximately 70.000 tons of solid waste are generated every month with a cost of £644,700 for its inhabitants and in the next decade they would need around £200 million to expand and build new landfills. Why not use these waste and economic resources to generate energy instead?” says Fernando Centeno, Head of the Research Planning at Exergy Ltd.

This project, funded by Prosperity Fund UK, is a pioneering initiative in Latin America since the innovative and well-known Exergy Assessment Methodology will be applied for the first time in Medellin with the potential for ground-breaking results.

The Exergy Methodology, developed by leading R&D organisations, is a revolutionary concept that combines the optimal use of scarce resources such as energy, water, and materials and minimizes the emissions of CO2 and other contaminants. A pilot study in a group of facilities in Twin Cities, Minnesota showed that the exergy performance could be increased by 64%, CO2 emissions reduced by 39%, and ground water reduced by 73%.

This initiative will generate significant environmental and economic benefits to Medellin such as a reduction in CO2 by 20%, an ROI within less than 10 years, and additionally create thousands of jobs for the construction, waste treatment, and renewable energy sectors.

“We believe that collaboration between the local authorities and the key stakeholders is essential for this project’s success. In order to facilitate this project, there must be a favourable political and economic environment. The ultimate goal is to build the first Waste-to-Energy Plant in Latin America together with the support and engagement of the citizens of Medellin,” says Gustavo Martinez, Project Manager at Exergy Ltd.


To learn more click on each link:

Our website: waste2energymedellin.com

Methodology: galileoseyeproject.com/

Prosperity Fund UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/colombia-prosperity-fund-call-for-proposals-2016

Exergy Science Europe:  http://www.scienceeurope.org/uploads/PublicDocumentsAndSpeeches/SCsPublicDocs/SE_Exergy_Brochure.pdf

Exergy ltd: exergy.uk.com

CIDET: cidet.org.co

University EIA: eia.edu.co