Feasibility of the use of renewable energies (solar photovoltaic - biomass gasification) for the electrification of localities in Colombian Off-grid Zones

Project: ResearchApplied Research

Project Details


The proposed project aims to evaluate the relevance of using renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic solar and biomass gasification, for the electrification of Colombia Off-grid settlements. The development of this work is divided into two stages. Firstly, to identify the localities in ZNI where the use of these renewable sources can meet at least the current electricity demand, which is currently based on diesel plants. The second approach focuses on characterizing the ZNI localities based on service provision data and, determine in which ZNI localities it is pertinent to use these renewable energy sources and, likewise, evaluate their integration as a solution to energy supply issues where applicable, according to cost, availability, and subsidies constraints.

General Objective

Evaluate the feasibility of integrating renewable energy sources (Photovoltaic Solar and biomass gasification) for electrification in Colombia off-grid zones, considering their availability and cost parameters, subsidies, and the amount of energy to be supplied

Specific Objectives

1 Characterize the localities in Colombia off-grid zones based on technical and commercial data regarding service provision.
2 Determine the energy potentials for electrification using agricultural residual biomass and photovoltaic solar energy in the off-grid localities.
3 Determine the off-grid settlements where the use of these renewable energy sources for electrification is viable, considering different conditions and levels of service provision.

Proposed challenges for students and/or interns or research practitioners

How to determine the solar photovoltaic and biomass gasification energy potential in off-grid settlements in Colombia to study its feasibility of use for electrification in these locations.
Effective start/end date15/01/2430/06/25


  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
  • Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramanga: COP12,500,000.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • Biomass gasification
  • Photovoltaic systems
  • Off-grid localities
  • Colombia

Enfoques Temáticos Institucionales

  • Transición energética

Research Areas UNAB

  • Fuentes energeticas y transformación de energia
  • Desarrollo sostenible


  • In progress

Socioeconomic Objective

  • Energy


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