Latin America to Benefit from EU’s Renewable Energy Technologies

The European Union (EU) will promote the use of renewable biomass energy technologies in the Andes and Amazonian regions of Ecuador and Peru by establishing specialized training platforms.

To address the lack of specialized knowledge about renewables, which is considered to be the main barrier to the spread of renewables in developing countries, BEPINET (Biomass Energy Platforms Implementation for Training In Latin America Network) partners are helping to promote energy efficiency and renewables using funds for the Commission’s ‘Intelligent Energy Europe’ scheme. The promotion effort will work with local institutions in these specified Latin American regions with existing competence in the field of renewable technologies, reinforcing that knowledge and encouraging networking among universities and research institutes. Training will be carried out in sessions involving 15 to 20 trainees at a time, and modules on renewables and biomass and their role in poverty alleviation will be included in current university curricula in the two regions. Between 50 and 100 private agro-industrial and wood industry owners will also attend sessions on the advantages of biomass technologies. The project is coordinated in France by CIRAD (Agricultural Research for Developing Countries), and includes partners in the UK, Belgium, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. It is hoped that BEPINET will not only help to bring energy supplies to rural areas of Latin America where the availability of services is still relatively low, but also offer additional incomes and a real opportunity for development to these areas. The Latin American network will also work with a twin initiative in Africa, BEPITA, to encourage the exchange of best practices and transfer of technology, and build up the necessary critical mass to create an international biomass energy network.
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