Urban and industrial waste to energy - Promoting sustainable development in Bolivia

Mälardalen University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Vafab cooperates to provide a strategy for waste to energy in the cities of La Paz and El Alto in Bolivia.

Project name: Urban and industrial waste to energy - Promoting sustainable development in Bolivia

Research specialisation: Future Energy Center

Primary funding organisation(s): Nordic Climate Facility

Secondary funding organisation(s): KTH Royal Institute of Techno

Co-operating/Co-production partners: Vafab Miljö, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, CPTS CPTS (a non-profit organisation), GAMLP (the municipality of La Paz)

Project leader: Erik Dahlquist, Professor in Energy Engineering, Mälardalen University

Project start date: 2011-11-15

Project end date: 2014-10-15

Funding: 2.4 million SEK

Description of the project

The ultimate goal of this project is to provide a strategy for waste to energy in the cities of La Paz and El Alto in Bolivia. The project incorporates technical and institutional aspects, from waste management and conversion technologies to policy recommendations. The project envisions technical and economic feasibility studies, since biogas technology must be adapted to local conditions. Waste management practices will be studied and compared to Swedish standards. An inventory of raw material potential for biogas applications will also be made. Stakeholders will be consulted through stakeholder dialogues. Policy recommendations are an essential part of the strategy, which is the final product. Policy recommendations will be elaborated in collaboration with the local municipalities. These recommendations must, among other factors, take the subsidies of fossil fuels in Bolivia into account.