Bordo Poniente Plant in CDMX Near CompletionBy María José Goytia | Tue, 02/08/2022 - 11:52
Mexico City Major, Claudia Sheinbaum announced that the hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) plant at Bordo Poniente is 90 percent complete. The power plant uses hydrothermal carbonization (HTC), which converts organic waste into gas, charcoal and pellets that can be used to capture carbon or produce power as a coal substitute.
This project was jointly coordinated by experts from the Faculty of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the city government, the Ministry of Energy (SENER), and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).
Sheinbaum emphasized how projects like the Bordo Poniente plant prove the viability of the energy transition presented by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s electric reform. "It is false that the electric bill presented by President López Obrador is promoting fossil fuels or dirty energies. This project demonstrates that we believe in the energy transition, however, such energy transition cannot affect the sovereignty or the strengthening of the national electricity company (CFE)"
Sebastián Ramírez Mendoza, Mexico City´s General Citizen Communications Coordinator, explained that the purpose of the plant is to convert organic waste into electricity and coal pellets.
"The plant will be able to process 95 tons of organic matter per day. One part will undergo a transformation process to be converted into useful gas to produce electricity. Another part will be converted into hydrocarbon pellets. With this project, we are making progress in our circular economy program. This plant will serve to consolidate a model that will eventually allow Mexico City to process thousands of tons of organic waste and produce clean energy."
The hydrothermal carbonization plant is part of the Zero Waste axis belonging to the Environmental and Climate Change Program in Mexico City. The program aims to transform organic waste into electricity and charcoal pellets with zero greenhouse gas emissions. Luis Agustín Álvarez-Icaza Longoria, a senior researcher at UNAM's Institute of Engineering and coordinator of the project, explained the plant will use dry waste through a gasification process for electric generators, as well as wet waste that will be converted into charcoal.
The investment for Phase I of the Hydrothermal Carbonization Plant totals MX$300 million (US$14.5 million). Construction began in July 2021 and the plant is expected to start operating in October 2022.
Sheinbaum explained this project demonstrates her administration's commitment to environmental ventures and the promotion of renewable energies.