The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in Partnership with GIZ and United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) project hosted Belize’s First B2B Waste to Energy and Renewable Energy Fair at the Belize Biltmore Plaza, in Belize City on the 9th November, 2016.
The presentation of the “Potential Study on Producible biogas and renewable energy from biomass and organic waste in Belize” by TNO Consultants Johan van Groenestijn, Robert de Kler and Marco Linders for GIZ / J-CCCP concluded that:
- Large amounts of biomass resources are available in Belize that have a significant potential to produce biogas
- All reported biomass resources have biogas production potential, but every case is different and has to be judged amongst others on its scale (amounts available), easiness of digestibility, alternative uses of the waste, location, etc.
- For bananas, a best practice system comprises of a hammer mill and two mesophilic completely mixed slurry digesters in series with membrane gas storage on top
- For sewage waste, the recommended system comprises of an Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket reactor and facultative lagoons
See photos here.
The B2B fair connected local renewable energy suppliers and financial organisations who support renewable energy solutions with local business owners and stakeholders. It also fostered the understanding that effectively managed waste can serve as an asset and how renewable energy applications can benefit businesses.
The participating organizations were: