U.S. Army Sponsors Biofuel Research in El Salvador
The hybrid system is still in the testing phase
Representatives from U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Florida International University (FIU) and Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) visited El Salvador from October 18-25 to work with the Salvadoran Air Force in testing a new renewable energy portable generator system.
The hybrid system, which is still in the testing phase, uses solar panels and a biomass gasifier to generate enough power to run a standard diesel generator, providing up to 80 kWh/day, or enough to power a small office. Of this, 35 kWh/day is supplied through solar power, and 45 kWh/day from the biomass generator, which is configured to produce burnable fuel gas from coconut husks. The entire system can be dismantled and stowed in a standard shipping container for easy transport.
Currently, only two of the current systems exist: one in El Salvador and another that is being tested by cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Students and faculty from El Salvador’s Don Bosco University visited with system engineers and West Point cadets at El Salvador’s 2nd Air Brigade on October 20, where they had the opportunity to assist in testing the new system. Representatives from El Salvador’s National Energy Board and the SICA Energy Unit attended a system demonstration on October 23.