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Green energy for Colombia’s off-grid areas

Colombia is opening its arms to renewable energy providers such as Viking Heat Engines in the hope that they'll bring much-needed energy to its off-grid areas. Read Dirk’s blog post to learn more about Colombia’s “green” energy revolution.

Colombia is one of the rising stars in South America when it comes to promoting and using renewable energy sources and energy conservation methods. The country has been blessed with significant amounts of hydropower (see chart below).


Energy generation by type in Colombia

That said, recent droughts have shaken the confidence of hydropower as a reliable energy source. In addition, the country has large areas without connection to hydropower and even larger areas that are completely off grid (source: geni.org)


The newly established peace zones of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) are areas of special concern for the government as they are mostly off grid and, therefore, lack the basic need for economic development. Furthermore, Colombia has committed to CO2 reduction targets under the Paris Agreement.  


To tackle the challenges head on, the government has decided to foster the use of renewable energy by implementing significant tax incentive schemes that will allow renewable energy providers to enter the market quicker and more efficiently.


On the September 26, Viking Heat Engines had the opportunity to present its TeoPower solution at a conference in Bogota focusing on off-grid solutions. The event was organized by the German Chamber of Commerce in Colombia (http://www.ahk-colombia.com/es/).   


The focus of the event and the expectations of the audience (400 people had gathered in total) could not have been a better fit for TeoPower. TeoPower can not only produce power from biomass and thereby reduce agricultural waste. Its flexibility also allows power generation on demand, which is crucial for off-grid areas. Furthermore, it is one of the few biomass-to-energy solutions in the market that is an ideal match for small villages focusing mainly on farming, which is characteristic for the Farc zones.


Viking Heat Engines was contacted by more than 15 companies as a result of the conference, all of whom have shown an interest in using our technology for current projects in Colombia. Several detailed discussions on concrete projects are now on their way, and we hope to be able to be able to report on our first commercial project in Colombia soon. 


This blog post has been written by Dirk Nuber, CEO of Viking Heat Engines Caribbean. You can reach Dirk at dirk.nuber@vikingheatengines.com.


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