Solid Biofuels Cluster

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The Solid Biofuels Cluster wishes everyone a happy new year 2019

The Solid Biofuels Cluster has started with plenty of energy this 2019,  hoping that all our collaborators and followers have a year full of achievements, learnings and a lot of work! Congratulations and ... Happy 2019!

With technical support from the Solid Biofuels Cluster, a new biomass cogeneration plant has been installed in Durango

On November 16th, a new biomass cogeneration plant was inaugurated in the Municipality of Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, within Grupo Sezaric facilities. This plant innovates by using solid biomass as fuel to meet the company's heat and power needs, drawing upon the...

Solid Biofuels Cluster collaborates with the creation of the “Energy Systems” line in the Postgraduate Program in Sustainability Sciences of the UNAM

The Postgraduate Program in Sustainability Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), with the collaboration of the Cluster of Solid Biofuels, has included a new field of knowledge that will be available from the 2020-1 call: ENERGY SYSTEMS. This...


The Role of Bioenergy in the Bioeconomy: Resources, Technologies, Sustainability and Policy provides the reader with a complete understanding on how bioenergy technologies fit into the new bioeconomy paradigm. Sections focus on the main resources and technologies for...

IPCC Climate Report Shows Clean Cooking Can Help Limit Global Warming

12 years. That’s the time the world may have left to get climate change under control, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report released earlier this month. The report, which has drawn widespread attention, reveals that limiting...

Researchers ask…

In a public release by the University of Michigan (UM), research professor at the U-M Institute, John DeCicco argues that growing and harvesting bioenergy from crops is a ‘poor use of land’. The UM researcher said that untampered green areas such as forests and fields...

We promote innovation in Solid Biofuels (SBF) for their sustainable development in Mexico

We are a group of 12 academic institutions and three companies that work together to boost scientific and technological innovation in SBF, seeking to accelerate Mexico’s energy transition towards sustainable and clean energy sources.

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Solid Biofuels:
Sustainable Alternative Energy

Solid biofuels—wood, charcoal, bagasse from cane and other crops, wood chips, sawdust, and more—are actually Mexico’s most important source of renewable energy, accounting for 10 percent of the country’s ultimate energy consumption.

Most of these biofuels are made with forest- and agricultural-activity residue, as well as from sawmill- and agribusiness-residues.

If we sustainably take advantage of these residues through clean and efficient technologies, solid biofuels could generate enough energy to satisfy almost half of the consumption in Mexico, especially when it comes to heating and electricity.

Biofuels: a sustainable solution

Solid biofuels pose many advantages that have to be taken into account for Mexico’s energy transition, which could allow 100% of energy consumption to stem from renewable energies.

It is versatile…

Meaning that it can satisfy most final users, as it generates heat and electricity.

It can be stored…

Which can make up for the unreliability of other renewable sources, with advantages when it comes to heat and electricity production.

It is scalable…

Meaning energy can be supplied at home but also at larger scales, with local, regional, national, and even global prospects.

It is a mature business player…

Since many of the technologies used in its production are already available on the market.

Our Research Areas

In order to transition to an energy system that does not rely on fossil fuels, SBF was created from various groups that dedicate themselves to the research, development, and execution of coordinated actions.

SBF Supply and Demand

We seek the spatial and temporal availability of solid biomass resources in Mexico.

SBF Standardization and Characteristics

We develop Mexican standards and protocols for several forms of SBF

Residential and Commercial Applications of SBF

We design, develop, and transfer clean and efficient devices for home cooking and heating, with an emphasis on the rural sector, and transfer these to companies and other social players.

Industrial Applications of SBF

We adapt, test, and showcase SBF-producing technologies and systems that generate medium- and high-voltage energy.

Public Policies for the Use of SBF

We generate scientific information and methodologies for the development of public policies in the area of SBF, with a mind for sustainability and climate-change mitigation.

Institutions and Companies in the Cluster

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