Solid Biofuels Cluster

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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