Revista AEA

Edición 2012

Solar thermal system will benefit 22,000 patients annually in National Regional Hospital of El Salvador


In order to support the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the region, the General Secretariat of the Central American  Integration System (SG-SICA) and the Central American Commission on Environment and  Development (CCAD), through the Energy and  Environment Partnership with Central America (EEP) supported the project: “Solar thermal system for water heating for Hydrotherapy and Pediatric Services in the National Regional Hospital” San Juan de Dios” located in El Salvador.

 The project was executed thanks to the support of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Economy through the National Council on Energy of El Salvador, it will benefit more than 20,000 patients annually who require hydrotherapy and pediatrics treatments at the Hospital, providing hot water for more efficient and quality in medical treatments.

The solar thermal system installed by the EEP, will provide 6,000 liters daily of hot water for the  following hospital services and processes: 1)  Hydrotherapy, therapeutic treatment for children and adults; 2) Pediatrics Surgery Room, shower and treatment for children; 3) Pediatrics  Department Block “A” children shower, baby bottle washing, cleaning and sanitation of the room equipment; 4) Pediatrics Department Block “B”, shower of preadolescent children; 5) Pediatric  intensive care unit, cleaning and sanitation of the equipment.

The opening ceremony of the Project was chaired by the Minister of Health, Ms. Maria Isabel  Rodriguez; the Vice Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Ms. Lina Pohl; the Minister of Economy and Chairman of the National Council on Energy, Mr. Armando Flores; National Director of the Regional Hospital “San Juan de Dios” in Santa Ana, Dr. Ramon Antonio Abrego; the  representative de SG-SICA, Mr. Jorge Vasquez; the representative of the Austrian Development  Cooperation, Mr. Till Süßdorf and the Representative of the European Union, Ms. Yolanda Cativo.

The EEP supports these projects thanks to the  cooperation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Austrian Development Cooperation and the European Union.

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Energy for Better Living Conditions in Nicaragua

Small Hydro Power Station located in Bocay, Nicaragua

The Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America (EEP) with the support of Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Austrian Development Cooperation and the European Union, financed the project for the synchronization of a Small hydro power station located in Bocay, Nicaragua, with the grid of the Municipality of El Cua’s and the national grid, allowing to provide electricity to the residents of the Village Ayapal.

The EEP in order to support and promote renewable energy projects for the sustainable development in the region and improve the access to clean energy services, has financed this project to ensure that more than 1,000 households will be supplied with electrical power in the Village of Ayapal in Nicaragua, who are expecting to receive electrical service for the very first time.

The project involved the equipment replacement in the Small hydro power station located in the village of San Jose de Bocay, providing it with the required components and technical equipment to allow the synchronization with the nearby grid powers and supply energy more efficiently to the community. This project represents an important technical advance in the electrification of this village and the development of renewable energy technologies.

The synchronized mode operation will provide energy 24/7 to the community, the Bocay power station will generate at full power as the water flows through the generating station, without being limited by the user´s demand as is the case when a the plant is operating in an island-mode distribution system.

Another benefit of this project is that it will be possible to provide the service more efficiently and with high quality to the rural households, according to Mr. Felix Rosales, of the Association of Rural Development Workers -Benjamín Linde (ATDER-BL), a non-profit organization, developer of the project: “The families will enjoy almost uninterrupted electricity, because if they need to perform a preventive maintenance to the power plant, they will be able to choose to purchase electricity to the National grid to supply the service, and would not notice when the plant is not operating”. Mr. Rosales, emphasize that there is still much to be done in this sector of the Department of Jinotega to achieve and supply the growing demand for rural electrification.

You have changed our lives”, said Ms. Maria Lourdes Aguilar, Ayapal’s Village resident.

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Feasibility Studies for Energy Self Sufficiency

Coffee Mill Atapasco, El Salvador

The General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SG-SICA) through the Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America (EEP), with the support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Austrian Development Cooperation and the European Union, enabled the successful execution of two feasibility studies in the Coffee Mill Atapasco, located in El Salvador, in order to be replicated in other coffee mills in Central America.

The projects: “Feasibility study for the self sufficient supply of energy” and “Feasibility study to produce pellets from coffee pulp”, have demonstrated that the coffee industry can be energy self-sufficient, increasing the social, economic and environmental benefits. Supporting these projects the EEP seeks to give an answer to the environmental problems of the typical residues of the coffee milling process and an added value, enabling the identification of suitable technical alternatives for self-sufficient energy production, supporting the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the region.

The Coffee Mill Atapasco, has implemented for more than 100 years, several environmental systems that aim to protect natural resources, allowing them to reduce the water and wood consumption of the milling process, and a 65% reduction in the electricity bought from the national electric grid; they also have installed a wastewater treatment plan which reduces the organic compounds in the waste water to biogas. “Through the EEP´s support and the feasibility studies implemented, we have enough information to continuing the work on being more efficient in the use of the resources available to us and the re-utilization of the waste we generate in our production process”, said Mr. Lenin Gonzalez, representative of the Coffee Mill Atapasco.

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Welcome to the Global EEP

The Energy and Environment Partnerships (EEPs), created by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) jointly with other institutions, aim to support projects development and investment on renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) solutions.

The EEPs are currently present all around the world, supporting multiple projects in Central America, Mekong Region, Africa, Indonesia and the Andean Region.

This site is for gathering and sharing the experiences of the peolple who are working with EEPs. So their efforts can be known all around the world.

We give you all a warm welcome to our blog, hoping you will find it useful and energizing.