The activity is part of the EU-Cuba Experience Exchange Project for the promotion of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency in Cuba, financed by the EU and managed by FIIAPP.
A first seminar-workshop in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, and a second visit to different locations in Germany to address waste management for biogas production. These were the two activities carried out within the framework of the Experience Exchange cooperation program in Cuba.
The activity has allowed to address issues such as:
All this has been addressed with the German company IBBK Biogas, which was awarded the contract and was in charge of developing the activity.
Approximately 20 Cuban participants from the Center for Energy and Industrial Processes Studies (CEEPI) of the University of Sancti Spiritus (UNISS), engineers, veterinarians and representatives of the cattle farm in Managuaco participated in the seminar.
As a case study during the workshop in Cuba, the Managuaco case was studied and the project activity was used to study options for the planned construction of a biogas plant for the management of waste from the dairy farm.
Five of the seminar participants were selected to attend the visit in Germany, whose main objectives included:
Exchange knowledge and experiences with institutions and experts in waste management for biogas production.
To deepen the knowledge of agro-industrial waste management models (design, evaluation and waste logistics management) for biogas production.
The tour of different biogas plants in Germany resulted in visits to a total of 10 different locations over 4 days, including Kirchenberg, Heidelberg, Neuss, Bonn and Dusseldorf.
The activity allowed the participants to evaluate their own alternatives for the use of digestate in Cuban plants, as well as the logistics for storage and transport of substrates derived from them. Specifically, the participants learned about new transportation alternatives to reduce operating costs for possible implementation in the Managuaco project that is being designed.
The visit provided participants with knowledge and experience in the management of agro-industrial waste as a source of biomass for the generation of biogas and other biofuels, including the logistics of transportation, biomass storage and the final use of the biogas and digestate produced.