Energy sector development in developing and middle-income countries is a strategic priority for USTDA. The agency works closely with the U.S. private sector to identify and support activities that generate measurable commercial and developmental results across a wide range of activities, including diversification of energy sources and development of clean, renewable and alternative fuels. USTDA also focuses on deploying commercially viable U.S. technologies that promote energy efficiency; power generation, transmission, and distribution; transport to market of new oil and gas reserves; and refining capacity and quality.
The following is an illustrative list of USTDA-supported projects:
China Fuel Cell Power Applications for Telecommunications: USTDA is providing a grant to partially fund a feasibility study and pilot project for Jiangsu Communications Services Company, Ltd. to evaluate fuel cell applications for telecommunications infrastructure in China. The objective of the project is to qualify fuel cell technology applications for use by the telecommunications industry in China. The fuel cell systems would be used for both backup and baseload power, replacing lead acid batteries and diesel fuel combustion generators. In addition to the pilot demonstration, the feasibility study will include training and the development of standards for fuel cell technology growth in China.Europe and Eurasia
Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Eurasia
Turkey Germencik Geothermal Plant: Based on the results of a USTDA-funded feasibility study, the largest privately owned geothermal facility in Turkey became operational in May 2009. The 47.5 MW plant was built in the Aydin-Germencik geothermal field by the Gurmat Energy Investment and Trade Company, a private Turkish company. Over $23 million in U.S. exports of goods and services were utilized during construction of the energy facility. Germencik is providing Turkey with an important renewable energy source to further the country's economic growth, and has provided job opportunities for local Turkish people in the construction and operation of the plant and in infrastructure improvement in the surrounding area.
Morocco SNTL Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Rooftop: This USTDA grant is funding a feasibility study to develop the optimal design, technology and project financing structure for a 1.5 MW peak capacity solar PV rooftop pilot project on the planned Moroccan National Company for Transportation and Logistics (SNTL) facility at Mohammedia. In addition, the feasibility study will develop a duplicable methodology to identify preferred technologies for additional site development at four other planned SNTL facilities throughout Morocco. Implementation of this project will help the Government of Morocco achieve its goal of increasing the use of clean and renewable sources of energy and decreasing dependence on imported fossil fuels in Morocco.
Latin America and the Caribbean
Colombia 20 MW Waste-to-Energy Plant at El Guacal Landfill: USTDA funded a feasibility study grant for a 20 MW waste-to-energy (WTE) plant near the city of Medellin in the Colombian department of Antioquia. The proposed plant addresses one of the most pressing challenges for the Colombian government: improving sustainable waste management for municipal solid waste. Project implementation will also reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and emissions of greenhouse gases by preventing methane emissions from solid waste and decreasing the need for energy produced by conventional coal and natural gas-powered plants.
Brazil Waste-to-Energy and Landfill Gas-to-Energy: USTDA sponsored a reverse trade mission to familiarize Brazilian government and private sector representatives with the latest U.S. landfill gas-to-energy and waste-to-energy technologies, regulations and best practices. The delegates participated in site visits to landfills with energy recovery capabilities and landfill gas-to-energy or waste-to-energy facilities, as well as meetings with related U.S. government, private entities and financial entities.
Mexico Baja California Wind Power: The State Government of Baja California is committed to developing its renewable energy resources to meet its growing energy needs. USTDA funded a feasibility study grant for the Baja California Wind PPA Project to help design a 100 MW wind power generation project to supply renewable power to state government office buildings and facilities. The study enabled the State Government of Baja California to assess available wind resources, verify the power demand profile of state government office buildings and facilities, and draft legal documents related to project implementation.
South and Southeast Asia
Indonesia Cibuni Geothermal Power Project: This USTDA grant is partially funding a feasibility study for a 30 MW geothermal power project at the Cibuni site in West Java, Indonesia. The Cibuni geothermal power plant, once operating, would annually produce about 236.5 million Kwh of electricity, or the power needs of over 400,000 Indonesian citizens, in the form of clean renewable energy.
Vietnam Wind Power Development: This Wind Power Development Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) will provide an opportunity for wind development officials in Vietnam to meet U.S. manufacturers, suppliers, and engineering consultants and service providers. This RTM will also provide an opportunity for Vietnamese delegates to learn more about the successful deployment of wind power in the U.S. By connecting the delegates with U.S. companies offering relevant products and services, this RTM will help build greater export business for U.S. firms and accelerate wind power development in Vietnam.
India Azure Micro-Grid: This USTDA grant is funding a feasibility study for Azure Power for the development of a Rural Micro-Grid Solar Power project that will be deployed in remote non-electrified villages in India. The feasibility study will provide technological and economic assessments, EPC cost estimates, and project implementation planning.
Southern Africa Solar Initiative: USTDA is sponsoring a technical workshop and two reverse trade missions (RTM) to foster U.S.-Southern African partnerships in the implementation of solar power projects in Southern Africa. The workshop and RTMs will expose participants and delegates to state-of-the-art U.S. technologies, equipment and services as well as policies, regulations and financing mechanisms that can support the implementation of solar projects.
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