Coopeguanacaste Introducing Gasification Technology For Green Energy


Costa Rica prides itself on being a green country, especially when it comes to green energy! Coopeguanacaste plans on making history by being the first organization to bring gasification technology into Central America!

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What is Gasification?

Gasification is a process that converts organic or fossil-based carbonaceous materials at high temperatures without combustion, with a controlled amount of oxygen and/or steam into carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide. Gasification technology has been around for more than 50 years and is in use all over the world such as in Europe, the U.S., and Asia.

What is Coopeguanacaste’s plan?

Coopeguanacaste plans to use gasification technology on municipal solid waste to convert it to energy that can be used to supply power to many homes in the region. The plant will be located in Belen de Carrillo and hopes to receive 150 metric tons of waste daily. Waste will be collected from Liberia, Carrillo and Nicoya.

How much power can this new gasification plant generate?

Over 17,500 homes could be supplied with electricity. The 150 metric ton volume of waste can generate between 7.7 and 9 megawatts per hour.

What are the other benefits?

Being able to use waste for energy will minimize the final amount of waste that ends up in the landfill. This is a step towards a better waste management system that will promote reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling. The municipalities of Liberia, Carrillo, and Nicoya will benefit from a quicker and safer disposal of waste and a strict control of gaseous emissions. There will be lesser risk of contaminated aquifers and spontaneous combustion in landfills as well.

How is this project being financed?

Coopeguanacaste announced that they will have tradable green bonds on the National Stock Exchange with which they hope to raise the ȼ31 billion colones necessary for the creation of the gasification plant.

The National Decarbonization Plan (2018-2050)

This gasification plant is just one of the many goals in the National Decarbonization Plan Costa Rica has created to achieve net-zero emissions in 2050. Costa Rica is always striving towards having a positive environmental impact and being a leader in the green movement.

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