Granada, Nicaragua: January 17-19, 2012  -  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: April 10, 2012


International Conference RIO 12 and
Latin-American Renewable Energy Fair

17th to 19th of January 2012,
Casa de los Tres Mundos, Granada, Nicaragua


17th of January 2012

18th of January 2012

19th of January 2012

17th of January 2012


Time Activity Responsible
08:00 - 08:45 Registration of participants CNU
08:45 ‐ 09:00 Opening of exhibition LAREF Representatives of Nicaraguan and German government
09:00 ‐ 09:10 National Hymn of Nicaragua
National Hymn of Germany
09:10 ‐ 09:15 Opening remarks of representative of Nicaraguan Universities Dr. Telémaco Talavera Siles,
CNU President/ Rector UNA
09:15 ‐ 09:20 Remarks by representatives of German Universities Prof. Uwe Tröger, Berlin
University of Technology, Germany
09:20 ‐ 09:30 Remarks by representatives of German Government Dr. Betina Kern,
Ambassador of Germany in Nicaragua
09:30 ‐ 09:35 Remarks by Representative of Nicaragua Private Enterprise Aguerri Mr. José Adán Aguerri,
President of COSEP
09:35 ‐ 09:40 Remarks by representatives of Nicaraguan Government  
09:40 ‐ 10:00 Sustainable energy supply: The challenge of XXI century Prof. Stefan Krauter
University of Paderborn, Germany
10:00 ‐ 10:30 National Human Development Plan for Nicaragua. Dr. Paul Oquist,
Minister Secretary for National Policies of Nicaragua
10:30 ‐ 10:45 Questions and answers. Coordinator
Virginia Moncada, UNI
10:45 ‐ 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 ‐ 11:45 Presentation of the government program to change the energy mix by 2017. Eng. Emilio Rappaccioli,
Minister of Mines and Energy of Nicaragua
11:45 ‐ 12:15 Renewable energy as a source of new jobs. General Álvaro Baltodano,
Director of Zona Franca.
12:15 ‐ 12:45 Nicaraguan universities role in the development of renewable energy. Dr. Leonel Plazaola,
Chairman of Nicaraguan Universities.
12:45 - 01:15 Questions and answers. Coordinator Prof. René Miranda,
01:15 ‐ 02:15 Lunch
02:15 ‐ 02:35 Projects for wind energy: Planning, Logistics and Training. Dr. Norma Rodríguez,
Progressive Engineering P.E Concepts, Germany.
02:35 ‐ 03:05 Efficient use of geothermal energy Prof. Uwe Tröger, Berlin
University of Technology, Germany
03:05 ‐ 03:35 Modification of the grid system for the use of renewable energies Prof. Dr. Ingo Stadler,
University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany
03:35 ‐ 04:05 Planning, simulation and yield calculation of solar power plants Dr. Gerhard Valentin,
Energysoftware Ltd, Berlin, Germany
04:05 ‐ 04:35 Questions and answers Coordinator Dr. Freddy Alemán,
04:35 ‐ 07:00 Optional: Visit of 30 kW grid‐feed PV Ecami, Managua


18th of January 2012


Time Activity Responsible
08.30 ‐ 09:00 SIMERNIC: An integrated information system for monitoring and evaluation of renewable energy systems in Nicaragua. Ing. Marlyng Buitrago,
Renovabeles Association President, Nicaragua
09:00 ‐ 09:30 Interconnection of PV systems in diesel powered electrical micro-grids in the tropics Eng. Ronald Stephan,
Rio Solar, Brazil.
09:30 ‐ 10:00 The fundamental role of solar energy in the future of countries in the "sun belt".
Mini & micro grids for a complete power supply.
Jean Jacques Sylvain,
Green Energy Solutions, Haiti.

Willi Ernst, Centrosolar Group, Germany.
10:00 ‐ 10:30 Micro financing for renewable projects Sebastian Groh, Natalia Realpe,
Microenergy systems
10:30 ‐ 11:00 Questions and answers Coordinator
Ing. Lilliam Lezama, UNA
11:00 ‐ 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 ‐ 12:00 Financing and development of renewable energy projects in rural areas in Central America. Dr. Salvador Rivas,
Sistema Integrado de América Central (SICA), El Salvador.
12.00 ‐ 12:30 Energy savings and energy efficiency in buildings: energy efficient cooling and climatization systems Ing. Marco Schmidt,
Berlin University of Technology, Institute of Architecture, Germany.
12:30 ‐ 01:30 Lunch
01:30 ‐ 02:30 Experience with domiciliary solar systems. Eng. Yilber Sequeira,
APRODIM‐San Marcos
02:00 ‐ 02:30 Experiences of renewable energy for community development. Ing. Jaime Muñoz,
02:30 ‐ 03:00 Questions  
03:00 ‐ 03:30 Sustainable Eco‐Hotels: Experiences for Energy (PV), Water, Food, Housing. Mrs. Roslyn Winstanley,
Totoco Eco‐Lodge, Ometepe, Nicaragua.
03:30 ‐ 04:00 Sustainable Eco‐Farming: Experiences for Coffee, Livestock, Energy (Hydro, Biogas) Mrs. Maus Kühl, Selva Negra,
Matagalpa, Nicaragua
04:00 ‐ 04:20 Presentation of ECAMI company, Tecnosol (10 min each)
04:20 ‐ 04:50 Perspectives for solar energy applications in Nicaragua. Prof. Stefan Krauter,
University of Paderborn, Germany.
04:50 ‐ 05:10 Questions Ing. Jorge Cisne,
05:10 ‐ 05:30 Closing Ceremony Dr. Telémaco Talavera Siles,
CNU President/ Rector UNA
05:30 ‐ 06:30 Cultural Presentation, City of Granada


19th of January 2012

Visits to Renewable Energy Projects


Tour 1: Visit Teustepe: Solar‐ and Hydro‐power projects

Responsibles: Prof. Yader Barreda UNA and Prof. René UNAN‐Managua

1.1 Introduction
Renewable energy projects have favorable effects on rural families in developing countries; in community life, solar energy projects are helping to improve economical and environmental issues. In isolated rural communities energy sustainability is very poor due to high costs for energy transportation from the national electrical grid, but the use of natural resources is a vital alternative to meet the needs of inhabitants.

The projects to be visited are positive examples of the use of local natural resources to supply the energy demand of the inhabitants of rural communities remote to the electricity grid.

1.2 Objectives

  • Visit of renewable energy projects with a focus on rural development
  • Interacting with the consumers of renewable energy in rural communities


Time Activity Responsible
07:30 - 09:00 Bus trip from Granada to Teustepe Ing. Yader Barreda, Lic. Rene
09:00 - 11:00 Visit Off‐grid PV systems (eight energy systems and experience of consumers) Technician of Association Fenix (ASOFENIX), Eng. Yader Barreda, Prof. Rene
11:00 – 12:00 Visit of small hydroelectric power plant (Rio Malacatoya, power: 13 kW, consumers: 30 families). Technician of Association Fenix (ASOFENIX), Eng. Yader Barreda, Prof. Rene
12:00 - 01:00 Lunch
01:00 - 03:00 Visit Water System Project with Solar Pump (Community Sonzapote, 1.5 kW power consumers: 70 families). Technician of Association Fenix (ASOFENIX), Eng. Yader Barreda, Prof. Rene
03:00 - 4:30 Return to Granada

1.4 Observation:
The different projects for Tour 1 require approximately three kilometers of walking: please wear comfortable clothing to walk in mountainous terrain, bring water and lunch. Those who do not take lunch can buy local tilapia (fish) in the community for a value of C$ 80.00 (Cordobas), ca. US$ 3.50.

During the tour, a translation service is available and the technical team (Prof. Yader Barreda - National Agriculture University, Prof. René - UNAN-Managua, Technician of Fenix ASOFENIX) will be preset to answer all questions about Renewable Energies in Nicaragua.



Tour 2: Visit of renewable energy projects as Geothermal power plant
San Jacinto Tizate, Casa Solar and Botanical Garden

National University of Leon - UNAN – León

2.1 Introduction
Renewable energies have great social and environmental impact on all projects to be visited on this route. They range from large projects such as San Jacinto Tizate (Geothermal Project) to education such as master's project in renewable energy and the environment UNAN - Leon, real estate development with sustainable development as it is the ancestral home ENICALSA managed by the company, and as an alternative Botanical Garden UNAN lion which includes an irrigation pumping system using solar energy. The department of Leon is one of the departments most developed in renewable energies. This includes the first geothermal plant being exploited in Nicaragua, as well as two exploration projects. Besides having great potential obtaining solar power generation the solar irradiance is higher than 1000 W/m2 The projects to be visited, are an example of exploitation of local natural resources to supply the energy demand both national and locally of sites and/ or projects. Both projects to be visited interact with developers of large projects such as geothermal and small projects such as solar home systems and show the experience in organization and in the rational use of energy provided by renewable sources. The program of visits to the projects mentioned above includes simultaneous translation in Spanish - English or German.

2.2 Objectives 

  • Visit different renewable energy projects in the department of León
  • Interact with developers large and small scale projects with different approaches
  • To know the experience of both executors and beneficiaries of the projects

2.3 Programme

Time Objective Responsible / Foto
7:00 am Bus trip Granada to San Jacinto-León UNAN-León
10:00 am

Geothermal Plant Tour San Jacinto – Tizate

Capacity of production 70 MWe (under construction)

Actual running capacity: 10 MWe, Potencial of the place: 245 MWe

(It requires long-sleeved shirt, hat and boots and shoes suitable for this visit)

12:30 pm Lunch Restaurant Quiero Mas (Buffet) Lunch costs are by your own
2:00 pm Laboratory facilities and renewable energy and environmental demonstration projects of UNAN – León (laboratory of PV, solar-thermal, wind, biomass and fuel cells).

UNA N-León
3:00 pm CASA SOLAR

The electricity is generated by a photovoltaic generator installed in the housing cover with a nominal power of 1900 Wp. This generator supplies the energy required for low-power LED lamps, the water pumping systems, ventilation and air conditioning. A battery bank provides autonomy for 4 days in the daytime with little sunlight and at night.

The brain of the Smart Houses is a ISC Solar System Controller, SET development GmbH off-grid solutions. This is an intelligent control system introduced by the concept of home automation, automatisation of all functions for different housing services.

4.00 pm Botanical Garden UNAN – León

Botanical Garden's priority is to establish an ecologically important area that contributes to the development of knowledge and teaching and affects the improvement of quality of life through education, scientific work, recreation and social responsibility.
8:00 pm Arrival at Granada UNA-UNAN Managua



Tour 3: Visit of Power Generation projects based on renewable sources in the Nicaraguan Pacific area (Department Rivas)

Coordintion: Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI)

3.1 Introduction
Power generation based on alternative and renewable resources presents a range of enterprises of various sizes, degrees of penetration, efficiencies and environmental impact. On the tour 3 we visit three different projects that show the variety in this question. Initially the first project is a visit of a pig farm: this is an example of power generation based on biomass, developed in the industrial sector. A high added value which can be seen in the degree of replicability and utility of the project, which will be taken as a reference with positive impact on the development of this business. Second visit is the power plant based on wind energy: AMAYA produces approximately 63MW (La Prensa). The Nicaraguan project is the largest in Central America based on wind energy. Finally we will visit a smaller community project, an irrigation project based on wind power, initially designed for a hospice, but now used for various productive activities in the community.

3.2 Objectives 

  • Provide an overview of the potential of renewable sources (wind and biomass) in Nicaragua, specifically in the Nicaraguan Pacific coast (department Rivas). 
  • Provide relevant information on various ventures (with varying degrees of: scope and penetration, and various uses and impacts for Nicaraguan society) developed in the Pacific region of Nicaragua, through the interaction with technicians and users of the different ventures of power generation.

3.3 Program

Time Objective Responsible
06:30 - 07:15

07:15 - 08:00

08:00 - 09:00
Bus trip from Managua to Granada
Continue trip from Granada to Swine Experimental Farm in Rivas
Technical visit to the Pig Farm

Virginia Moncada and Günther Klatte
09:00 - 09:40

09:40 - 11:00
Journey to the Project Amayo (Km128 Panamericana Sur)
Technical visit to the Project Amayo

Virginia Moncada and Günther Klatte
11:00 - 01:30 Lunch at Rivas (Príncipe) CS150.00/person
01:30 - 02:00

02:00 - 02:40
Journey to the irrigation project based on wind Energy in San Jorge.
Visit of the Irrigation Project NPH
Virginia Moncada
Günther Klatte
Jerónimo Zeas
02:40 - 04:40 Return from San Jorge (Rivas) to Granada and Managua UNI
Virginia Moncada
Günther Klatte
Jerónimo Zeas

3.4 Observations:
Note that it is forbidden to smoke at the visited sites. We also inform you that on the pig farm you have to change your footwear, boots will be provided on-site.