Pakka – Colombia

Partners

Pakka Foundation, Zürich
pakkafoundation.org
Martin Lichtenegger

Generation Carbon, Basel-Land
generation-carbon.ch
Martin R. Schmid

Project Type:

Pilot project

Technology:

Biomass, Energy efficiency, Resource efficiency

Country:

Colombia

Project Status:

Ongoing

Project Start:

2022

End of Project:

2025

Contract:

2022.05

Swiss Contribution

The Zürich-based Pakka Fundation is involved in fourteen nut production units worldwide. As part of the project Pyro-Power Colombia, it collaborates closely with Generation Carbon to develop pyrolysis systems to improve organic waste management in cashew nuts plantations. The two organisations guarantee that the higher standards in term of sustainability are met.

Description

Pyrolysis systems allow to recycle specific type of waste such as cashew nut shells. This technique consists in heating the organic waste at a high temperature to transform it into a new material called biochar. Biochar can then be used for various ends, such as soil fertilisation. The heat produced during the pyrolysis process is reused to dry the cashew. Eventually, the process could be adapted to other waste products.