Biomass projects are focused to solve power and caloric requirements based on the harnessing of all kind of wastes: urban, industrial, agricultural and forestry. For this matter, we offer cost-effective solutions for treatment and disposition of that kind of waste. In this regard, biomass projects are a true green solution to manage these issues. GEENERA counts with the expertise and capacity to develop all kind of direct combustion projects, USW and anaerobic bio digestion.

What does GEENERA do regarding to Biomass?


Every day urban solid waste (MSW) is generated in cities that are transported to landfills. These are buried, and eventually end up generating methane gas that can reach the atmosphere, where it is transformed into carbon dioxide, the main cause of global warming. This methane can be used for the generation of energy, avoiding the serious damage caused by its release into the atmosphere.

The use of solid urban waste (RSU) for the generation of useful energy – electricity or heat – is a source of energy production with great potential, contributing to a more sustainable waste management, and reducing energy dependence on others Producing countries.

The recovery of waste through the transformation into useful energy is considered as an option to take advantage of a renewable energy source. The combustion of organic waste generates chemical components that can be harmful to the atmosphere, however, many agree that it is a clean and renewable method in its entirety. To the extent that campaigns are implemented that allow the separation of waste, a greater energy use can be achieved. However, the first step will always consist in reducing waste generation.

The technologies used for energy recovery of Urban Solid Waste are:

  • Processes of thermal treatment technologies, such as incineration, gasification, pyrolysis or plasma gasification.
  • Processes of biological treatment technologies, such as biomethanization or anaerobic digestion of organic fraction with recovery of biogas obtained.

At present the most developed technologies are incineration, anaerobic digestion and co-incineration, for industrial applications. On the other side, there is a growing trend in the implementation of technologies such as gasification, pyrolysis and gasification by plasma, because they can achieve a higher energy efficiency, and the low social acceptance of incineration.

Direct Combustion

The power output occurs in “Biomass Plants”. For this purpose, the fuel is burned in big boilers with hot water circulation. The temperature of the water makes the high vapor pressure coming from the boiler to be used to move a turbine which is connected to an electrical generator which is going to produce a certain amount of energy per year.

The heat exchange can be carried out through direct combustion. Depending on the way It is going to be used the result will bring a more efficient process or so. Other process such as thermochemical or biochemical will allow as to obtain other kind of biofuels (energy vectors) which could be used for other purposes.

Colombia produces tons of waste per year

Anaerobic Biodigestion

It is a Biological process in which the materia, in the absence of oxygen, by the action of an organic bacteria groups is broken down into gaseous products “Biogas” in digestate, a mixture of mineral products and degradation of hard compounds. Biogas contains a high percent of methane, CH4, therefor It becomes vulnerable to a right energetic use through its internal combustion turbine engines or boilers, whether in its own and/or with another kind of fuel.

Anaerobic digestion is one of the most suitable process to reduce greenhouse emissions, organic waste energy capture, maintenance and improving way, upon the fertilizer value. It is also an adequate method to treat waste water with a high organic load, such as that produce by many food industries.

Anaerobic digestion can be applied, livestock wastes, working industry, among others. These waste includes: slurry, manure, crop residues and/or agricultural waste; which can be used to treat in an independent manner or together through co-digestion.

The benefits associate to Anaerobic Digestion are:

  • Bad odors are substantially abated.
  • Land Mineralization.
  • Renewable energy production. If gas is used as energy and replaces fossil fuel.
  • Reduction of greenhouse emissions from reducing CH4 emissions (which produces a greenhouse effect 20 times higher than CO2 and reduction in CO2 substitution of fossil fuels).
There are installed in the world for the generation of electricity from biomass.
Annual potential of Colombia in residual biomass
They have been produced from biomass in 2015


Current Condition Analysis

A competent analysis of the current conditions allows to structure the bases in which the project is going to be carried out. To identify the principal needs in each client lets each project to be unique and customized.

Structuring the Project

During the structuring phase the integration of different approaches allows as to submit solid and well-designed projects adapted to the specific technical, legal, financial and tributary requirements, letting our clients to count with a holistic advisory for each project.

Application and Technology

It is important to have the access to the leading technology to bring quality, reliability and efficiency to the projects. For this reason, GEENERA, through the Processing and Technology Department will be giving continuous improvement to the costumer by acquiring helpful and conducive technology to achieve the goals of each project.

Engineering and Construction

The project execution phase integrates different engineering fields. From infrastructure tasks to industrial services, electric facilities and implementation of the energy system selected.

Operations and Maintenance

The accurate project’s operation and maintenance is a part of our compliance program taking into account the goals that have been set. Our team will be ready to solve whatever assistance required to prevent, correct and/or unexpected occurrence.

All our projects come with GEENERA care included, providing support, maintenance and management of the warranty for a limited time. With GEENERA care + you can access the total coverage of your system for annual periods.






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