A Selection of Projects in Latin America

Latin America and the Caribbean, home to some of the world’s most pristine and diverse ecosystems, depend heavily on natural resources to generate economic growth

IDB, Environment.

Major focus and involvement in Latin America

Y. A. Maof holds a unique connection to the local eco systems through its wide academic bridge agreements in LATAM region.
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Every journey starts with one small step

For our first step, we will use our existing bridge agreements with UNAPEC (Dominican Republic) and UNIVO (El Salvador) with the support of Scholas, to launch the first pilots of the ‘Green Communities’ branch of the University of Meaning.

Bridge Agreements

Punta Cana Eco Industrial Park

We have lunched our scientific field test during last September for our first Biogas facility of the Eco Park – EnergyAlgea Project.

Continued lab tests over the past year have yielded outstanding results: Algae material has proven to be over 200% more efficient in creating energy than our initial assumptions.

This advancement is thanks to a special proprietary pre-treatment process incorporated by the use of special machinery and enzymes. It is an outstanding achievement, and also world-first.

The Holistic Approach - The Punta Cana Model

In association with

Sargassum Algae outbreak images are stronger than words

Severity of Sargassum outbreaks in the entire area​

Algae harvesting by AlgaeNova (Partner)

Core innovation

Sargassum Algae Harvetsing

High quality floating barriers prevent sargassum from reaching the beach

Clean Sargassum is harvested

Beach erosion is prevented

Sargassum Intermediate Storage

Technology development under way - pre-treatment of algae to maintain its caloric properties over time.

Allows for buffer periods when no Sargassum arrives to shores

Sargassum Biogas Yield is Potentialized

ANAERGIA, a global leader, technological and economic Game Changer - through special pre-treatment and enzymes

Core innovation

Sargassum Algae Harvetsing

High quality floating barriers prevent sargassum from reaching the beach

Clean Sargassum is harvested

Beach erosion is prevented

Sargassum Intermediate Storage

Technology development under way - pre-treatment of algae to maintain its caloric properties over time.

Allows for buffer periods when no Sargassum arrives to shores

Sargassum Biogas Yield is Potentialized

ANAERGIA, a global leader, technological and economic Game Changer - through special pre-treatment and enzymes

Proprietary BioGas process

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The unprecedented scale of Sargassum that reached the Caribbean islands repeatedly …is a major threat to the economy, ecology and health of the Caribbean. Impacts are felt across the wider Caribbean region.
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The invasion also led to emergency conditions
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Strong partnerships are needed to protect the most vulnerable to this threat.

The Whole Life - Cycle Approach

Finding the right balance between human, water, waste & energy

Core solution

Maof’s suggested scheme for an anaerobic digestion process

Watch the EnergYAlgae project videos:​

Global Recognition for Maof’s Waste Treatment Activity

UN appreciation

A healthy environment plays a key role in meeting many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. With a little over 10 years left to meet the target date of 2030, the world will need to pick up the pace and put greater efforts in finding better solutions to pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss in order to truly transform societies and economies

Sustainable Development Goals, UN

Maof - NGOs collaboration

MAOF collaborates with different international NGOs with the aim of creating and supporting different projects that are focused on care for the environment especially those concerning HUMAN ASPECTS.

In this framework, MAOF began to collaborate, for example, with the Foundation Scholas Occurrentes, mainly Scholas Chairs, jointly creating projects that promote technology transfer and management capabilities for populations in need all over the world.

Establishment of a solar farm

Y.A. Maof is promoting with the Dominican Republic and initiative to establish a solar farm near the city of San Pedro de Macorís. The project that we propose involves a power generation of up to 140MW for 25 years.

This joint effort would constitute the largest renewable energy project in the country. The proposed project would be located on 100 hectares (1,000,000 m2) of land.

Establishment of a solar farm

Y.A. Maof is promoting with the Dominican Republic and initiative to establish a solar farm near the city of San Pedro de Macorís. The project that we propose involves a power generation of up to 140MW for 25 years.

This joint effort would constitute the largest renewable energy project in the country. The proposed project would be located on 100 hectares (1,000,000 m2) of land.

Establishment of a solar farm at the UNIVO University

The land owned by Univo (125,000 square meters) fits for a 17.7 MW of ground-mounted solar project.

We will install 30,272 solar panels with a capacity of 585W each.

Establishment of a solar farm at the UNIVO University

The land owned by Univo (125,000 square meters) fits for a 17.7 MW of ground-mounted solar project.

We will install 30,272 solar panels with a capacity of 585W each.

Wastewater Treatment

After preliminary research on behalf of the local university, we formulate a plan for wastewater treatment on the university campus.

Wastewater Treatment

After preliminary research on behalf of the local university, we formulate a plan for wastewater treatment on the university campus.

Fish farming Project

Establishment of a fish farm outside of the city of San Miguel in the model of “Satellite Farming” in collaboration with APT.

Through this model, the university will achieve commercialization but also student training and research.

Fish farming Project

Establishment of a fish farm outside of the city of San Miguel in the model of “Satellite Farming” in collaboration with APT.

Through this model, the university will achieve commercialization but also student training and research.

Agriculture

The University with the assistance of Maof is creating a plan that aims to help local families to set up home greenhouses and use them for private use and local commerce in the community.

Agriculture

The University with the assistance of Maof is creating a plan that aims to help local families to set up home greenhouses and use them for private use and local commerce in the community.

Additional Projects in Central America

Costa Rica

Pineapple waste to green energy

A cooperation with:

Economic Potential and Benefits

First phase: 2.2 MW of clean electricity + 2.2 MW of heat based on the availability of 8,050 hours of operation per year + 20,000 ton per year of grade A compost for agricultural use.

Second phase: There are approximately 40,000 hectares of pineapple in Costa Rica which represent about 90 MW of clean electricity that can be generated.

Costa Rica is the world’s main exporter of fresh pineapple, with almost 3M ton per year of produce.

Pineapple waste represents both a challenge and opportunity in Costa Rica. After the fruit has been cut, the leftovers attract a “Stable fly” which lays its eggs in the field thus causing disease to the cattle & horses and adverse economic impact to framers.

The joint project aims to provide a solution to the environmental crisis and produce sustainable products from pineapple waste – generating sustainable energy, organic fertilizer, heat and clean water.

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Guatemala - Honduras

A cooperation with:

Economic Potential and Benefits

The Caribbean coastal areas around the Guatemala–Honduras Border, in particular Bahia de Omoa, are suffering from a dramatic crisis of pollution. This is one of the world’s worst solid waste hotspots, mainly resulting from poor waste management.

Operating under the auspices of three Ministries of Foreign Affairs (Guatemala, Honduras and Israel), the Cartagena Convention, and within the “Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter Management (RAPMaLi) for the Wider Caribbean Region 2014”, the project will establish a zone of cooperation between Guatemala and Honduras in their common affected zone, and develop a joint holistic Strategic Action Plan to address the environmental crisis.

Guatemala - Honduras

A cooperation with:

Economic Potential and Benefits

The Caribbean coastal areas around the Guatemala–Honduras Border, in particular Bahia de Omoa, are suffering from a dramatic crisis of pollution. This is one of the world’s worst solid waste hotspots, mainly resulting from poor waste management.

Operating under the auspices of three Ministries of Foreign Affairs (Guatemala, Honduras and Israel), the Cartagena Convention, and within the “Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter Management (RAPMaLi) for the Wider Caribbean Region 2014”, the project will establish a zone of cooperation between Guatemala and Honduras in their common affected zone, and develop a joint holistic Strategic Action Plan to address the environmental crisis.

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Panama

A cooperation with:

The Canal Straw (Saccharum spontaneum) is a non-native herbaceous species of the Panamanian flora. It grows in very extreme soil conditions and spreads rapidly.

Y.A. Maof, cooperating with UTP, will explore the optimal way to convert the canal straw from burden into resource, examining two optional solutions:
  • A research evaluating the biomass gasification potential for the production of electric energy in Panama.
  • Effectively capturing carbon from different economic activities. As a result, biomass will be converted into a more stable material, producing charcoal or biochar.