“According to recent data from the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energies amount to almost 29% of the total primary energy supply in Latin America.”
One would think this number looks impressive, but it can be misleading. Latin America is a region with a great potential for renewable resources, but they are dependent on one specific resource: hydro. Due to many complications, like the way energy and development policies have been constructed, solar and wind energy are less successful. This gap has to be filled to overcome the dependence on one resource.
In collaboration with Humasol vzw this thesis project was started. Humasol vzw is a fourth pillar organization, run by former students of the university of Leuven, which focuses on sustainable energy projects in emergent countries. Humasol has already implemented seven solar boiler – projects over the past years. The main objective of the last project was designing a solar boiler as cheap as possible and reducing the complexity. Our thesis is a sequel on that last project and can be defined as the optimization of this boiler considering cost and efficiency. Afterwards the improved design will be built in La Cascarilla, Peru.