Lebanon: CLIMA project supports municipality of Bickfaya in achieving energy autonomy for the management of organic waste


Over the course of the CLIMA project, the emphasis on sorting organic waste was pivotal in enhancing solid waste management. Bickfaya, a town in Lebanon, witnessed a remarkable transformation in its waste management practices, thanks to an innovative green solution supported by the European Union under ENI CBC Med Programme.

In 2016, during the Lebanese waste crisis, Biclean, a waste sorting facility, was established in Bickfaya. Biclean played a crucial role in collecting and sorting waste from the region, contributing significantly to both the environment and the economy. However, its full potential remained untapped until the installation of a composting system, composed of an innovative composting membrane installed in Lebanon b y an Austrian company on May 27, 2022.

Challenges emerged as Lebanon grappled with a severe financial crisis. The facility's operations were threatened by fuel and electricity shortages, which were vital for its functioning. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the partners of the CLIMA project embarked on a mission to find a sustainable solution.

Their recommendation was clear: fund and install a solar power system to ensure uninterrupted operations of the composting membrane. This was especially crucial as the membrane required continuous power for optimal composting results. After extensive research, design work, and dedicated efforts, a solar power system was developed and tested, finally becoming operational in August 2023.

The heart of this innovation lies in a specially constructed TOT structure, adorned with photovoltaic panels. These panels harness the abundant Lebanese sunlight to generate enough power to operate the composting membrane and the organic waste conveyor belt. To manage this clean energy source effectively, a control room was established to oversee the safety and efficiency of the batteries and inverters.

Equally important was the transfer of knowledge. A dedicated team of professionals provided comprehensive training to facility staff, along with representatives from the local municipality and Arcenciel. This training was instrumental in ensuring the seamless resumption of operations, system maintenance, and the optimal functioning of the membrane, all powered by the solar system.

The facility manager and municipal representatives greeted this achievement with optimism and enthusiasm. They recognized that this sustainable solution not only ensures the facility's longevity but also guarantees the proper treatment of organic waste in Bickfaya and its surrounding areas. It's a remarkable example of how the EU's CLIMA project can bring innovative, green solutions to transform waste management and support communities, even in challenging times.