Use of food crop residue for decentralized electricity generation in Liberia, West Africa

Jose Alfaro

University of Michigan

Jose Alfaro is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Alfaro’s scholarship revolves around three main efforts:1)Using Industrial Symbiosis and Circular Economy at the small-scale to increase communities’ sustainability and well-being, particularly in the food-energy-water nexus2)Deploying renewable energy for sustainable development of least industrialized countries 3)Developing tools for policy and decision-making through computer modeling of socio-technical systems Dr. Alfaro’s work uses engineering and complex systems tools such as Agent-Based Modeling, System Dynamics, and Network Science. In line with his position as a Professor of the Practice, Dr. Alfaro’s scholarship has an applied focus.  This has led him to work closely with communities, industry, NGO’s, and government organizations in developing his work.  Dr. Alfaro is also the founder and faculty director of Sustainability Without Borders, an interdisciplinary student organization that works with communities to develop ethical partnerships for learning and enhancing sustainability.  This organization labors to provide students with a meaningful engaged experience that also increases the capacity of the communities and NGO’s it works with and increases their well-being. 


This paper studies the possible benefits of using food crop residue in Liberia for biomass electricity generation in a decentralized manner. Previous literature shows that biomass is a promising fuel for decentralized rural... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jose Alfaro (University of Michigan)

Topic Areas

• Industrial ecology in developing countries , • Industrial symbiosis and eco-industrial development , • Sustainable energy systems


WS-13 » Sustainable food systems 2 (13:45 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room D)

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