Posted On 06 Sep 2018
Looking for new sources of energy: cocoa and bananas are an option to limit the use of oil.
Yanet Villasana, a teacher and researcher at Ikiam, has carried out research on the "Valorization of Residual Biomass of products from the Ecuadorian Amazon", a project that has a great impact at a national and international level and with which she will be representing Ecuador in the Ibero-American Congress of Catalysis in Portugal.
The Ibero-American Catalysis Congress will be held from 9 to 14 September and welcomes scientists and researchers from throughout Latin America, this event aims to be a meeting place for scholars on issues of Catalysis.
Catalysis is a chemical process that allows the components of a product to be modified intentionally. This is how Dr. Villasana modifies the residues of coffee and bananas from the Ecuadorian Amazon, to obtain products with great added value and useful for the planet. , such as Bio-oil (oil) that can be a substitute for liquid fuels, natural fertilizers such as coal that are used in less fertile soils and from the sources of energy can be generated.
All these are products improved and enriched with the catalyst process, which can partially replace the products obtained from the oil activity, but without causing a negative impact on the environment.
"Researchers have to apply our knowledge in a better future for the new generations," says Yanet Villasana, who says that this study may limit the use of oil as the main energy source in Latin American countries and that it has cost environmentally very expensive. planet.
The Agency of Spanish Cooperation for Development (AECID) together with the Ikiam Amazon Regional University and the Salesian Polytechnic University, have been the promoters to carry out this great work, besides the students of Dr. Yanet de Ikiam, have also actively participated in this process.
"In a research work is collaborative and I have had the support of several institutions, students and fellow researchers, to obtain this result and be able to represent Ecuador in this Ibero-American Catalysis Congress, where the scientific contribution of the countries will be shown. Latin Americans for the world ", Yanet Villasana. (I)