Thursday, March 8, 2012

First Primary Stakeholder Meeting for the ECPA initiative "Improving Access to Clean Energy in Rural Central America Using On-site Solar Bio-Power Generation"

  The project’s first primary stakeholder meeting will be hosted in Costa Rica on March 8, 2012 to formally kick off activities in Central America and provide a networking opportunity for faculty, governmental agency staff, and the private sector. The MSU team will spend additional time in Costa Rica to work with University of Costa Rica staff on the microbial consortia study, portable system design and study abroad program development.

Venue: Fabio Baudrit Experiment Station, University of Costa Rica

Overview Objectives:
  • To describe the mission of ECPA
  • To describe the goals and objectives of the project
  • To assess the need and potential of clean energy in partner countries
  • To increase awareness of the proposed technologies
  • To build relationship with key agencies/organization/businesses and seek cooperation
Luke Reese of Michigan State University and Jose Aguilar of University of Costa Rica at the Meeting in Costa Rica. March 8, 2012.   Dawn Reinhold of Michigan State University talks about Wetland Treatment of Organic Wastes at the Meeting in Costa Rica. March 8, 2012. The "Improving Access to Clean Energy in Rural Central America" team poses for a photo at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua in March 2012.
Left to right: Ajit Srivastava (Michigan State University); Douglas Buhler (MSU); Edwin Solórzano (Universidad de Costa Rica); Aaron Spencer (U.S. State Department); and Jose Aguilar (UCR) in Costa Rica for the Meeting. March 8, 2012. The audience looks on as the Meeting gets underway at the Fabio Baudrit Experiment Station, Universidad de Costa Rica. March 8, 2012.
Seminar Agenda (tentative)
08:30 to 09:00 Welcome
09:00 to 10:00 Authorities speech
  • University of Costa Rica representative (President, Vice president , International Affairs)
  • Comments by the Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU (Doug Buhler)
  • Comments by the Deans, Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Engineering, UCR
  • Project Overview – Project PI (Ajit Srivastava, MSU) and Sub-contract PI (Jose Francisco Aguilar, UCR)
10:00 to 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 to 11:30 Technical conference
  • Solar-Biopower Technology – Project co-PI (Wei Liao)
  • Wastewater treatment technologies (constructed wetlands) – Project co-PI (Dawn Reinhold)
  • U.S. on-farm anaerobic digester case study – Project manager (Dana Kirk)
11:30 to 12:30 Interactions
12:30 to 01:30 Lunch
01:30 to 02:00 Overview of the Fabio Baudrit Experiment Station, UCR – Director (Werner Rodriguez)
02:00 to 02:30 Research campus tour
02:30 to 03:00 Coffee break
03:00 to 04:30 Scheduled interactions
04:30 Adjourn
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