Importance of Biomass Gasification Stressed in Cuba

Havana, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) Experts highlighted today the importance of the GEF-UNIDO Project for the sustainable development of biomasa gasification, carried out in the Special Municipality of the Island of Youth. which can be applied to other zones of the country.

The head of the Rural and Renewable Energy Unit of UNIDO, Diego Masera, said it is mainly a project of forest biomass gasification carried out in the locality of la Melvis in that special municipality.

Masera explained that representatives from Argentina, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and other nations attend the workshop.

This experience had the financial support of the Global Investment Fund, the UN Program for the Environment and has been implemented by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Masera assured that Cuba promotes a clear and advanced policy in the use of renewable energy and highlighted the decisive participation of State support to the materialization of the Project.

This included facilities in the Isle of Youth of eolic and photovoltaic energy, and more recently, a plant of forest biomass gasification in La Melvis, as well as a smaller unit that shows how this type of energy the locality of Cocodrilo, where it supplies energy to a school, a bakery and several houses.

He also indicated a revolving fund (of application and risk) that will give support to new investments in the future.

On his part, Andre Faaij, expert in biomasa of the European Academy of Energy, said this type of energy tends to increase in the world.

In the name of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Argelia Balboa, of the direction of Renewable Energy in that institution, said it is this country´s policy to increase the participation of renewable sources of energy to produce electricity.

The workshop will end tomorrow at the Havana Convention Center and from there they will travel to the Isle of Youth where they will stay until next Thursday to learn about the impact of that program’s results in the development of renewable energies in that territory.


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