Assessment of power generation using biogas from landfills in an equatorial tropical context

Antonio Barragán-Escandón, Jonathan Miguel Olmedo Ruiz, Jonnathan David Curillo Tigre, Esteban F. Zalamea-León

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This work evaluates the biogas production potential of the Ceibales landfill for feeding a power plant in the southern region of Ecuador. Biogas production is estimated through mathematical models that consider energy generation and technologies available to supply electricity plants. Characteristic landfill data are accounted for to analyze and develop these mathematical models. Once the generation capability of each source is identified, a decision can be made on the most suitable electricity generation technology. A local model (Ecuadorian model) is applied to calculate the potential of biogas and is compared with other models commonly used for evaluating this type of project. This type of renewable energy is attractive because it produces electricity from waste; however, it is not an attractive option unless its application is encouraged, as hydro has been encouraged through the investment of taxpayer resources. Technologies require a boost to become profitable, and even more so if they compete with traditional technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2669
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research has been supported by Universidad Politécnica Salesiana and Dirección de Investigación de la Universidad de Cuenca, DIUC. It is part of the “Calibración de modelo F-Chart para colectores solares térmicos con parametrización y validación acorde a disposiciones típicas para integración arquitectónica en climas ecuatoriales andinos” research project.


  • Biogas
  • Economic viability
  • Landfill
  • Renewable energy


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