SEPS CALL 2016-2017

SEPS (Support for Sustainable Energy Projects) seeks to support innovative energy projects that are economically, environmentally and socially sound. SEPS defines the word "project" in broad terms. It does not focus only on technical solutions, but also on a spectrum of ideas that can promote renewable energy or the efficient use of energy, and thus contribute to sustainable development. Since 2013 SEPS focuses on specific regions and technologies or specific needs. That ranks SEPS with WISIONS regional partners and networks.

Gasification and Biodigestion to improve small and medium coffee farms in Colombia

Taking a look across the country's central mountains, Colombia's coffee growing region is the third most productive in the world, providing a livelihood for more than 560,000 families. Despite a powerful association of growers and the world-renowned quality of Colombian coffee, small producers (95% of coffee farms are less than 5 ha) are vulnerable to an international market for volatile commodities and the effects Unpredictable effects of climate change.

However, the Colombian tradition of processing coffee in each individual farm offers an important opportunity to turn the improvement of traditional sources of life into a gateway to holistic changes in small-scale agriculture, integrating aspects of agroecology. Through the use of organic waste generated by coffee cultivation and the common practices of diversified production (coffee cultivation in conjunction with animal husbandry), renewable energy technologies based on biomass (RE) Rural families the opportunity to improve their quality of life, their economy and productivity while implementing sustainable and integrated practices.

Based on the collective experience of the members of the Colombian biomass energy network (RedBioCol), the project will implement a set of three technologies: efficient gasification stoves, continuous flow tubular biodigesters and biomass gasification for the drying of coffee. Through a participatory process, six of these technologies will be implemented in five departments of Colombia: Santander, Meta, Antioquia, Cauca and Caldas.

With a careful selection of sites, extensive training to create local promoters of technologies, and a strong focus on documentation and dissemination, these six pilots will serve as a national reference, with benefits for the entire RedBioCol, public decision makers And small coffee producers in general.