Africa can generate Electricity from Waste

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Why isn’t called a waste when in actuality they are very priceless and can be recycled into something meaningful or quite powerful?

It is the rhetorical question, isn’t it? And it has become one that really deserves an answer or perhaps a change in the way it’s viewed. They aren’t wastes, even though we call them wastes.

They can be recycled into something powerful and purer that in its eventuality becomes a billion dollar product that could be traded across regions on an international level.

At least that is what technology experts will have us believe, as they have theorized that the agricultural produce that end up become excessive wastes, are quite useful and could even be its solution for sustainable electricity.

Africa can generate Electricity from Waste Africa can generate Electricity from Waste

These experts believe the agricultural wastes can generate quite a considerable amount of energy to become electrical power capable of powering up households. Imagine a refined alternative source of electricity, especially in Nigeria where power seems to be the consistent issue.

During a panel discussing the special agro-processing zones in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, the CEO of Nigeria based company, Releaf, Mr. Ikenna Nzewi disclosed this with the panel.

He noted how plant-based organic material refered to as biomass could be converted to produce heat and power in similar processing format used for fossil fuels.

Africa can generate Electricity from Waste

“There are three ways to release the energy stored in biomass to produce power: burning, bacterial decay, and conversion to gas/liquid fuel.” He disclosed.

Nzewi adds that the palm oil industry alone generates large amounts of organic waste that could generate electricity.

“I think there is huge potential in biomass electrification and it is a key area in which Africa needs to take a more active role in the research and development,” Nzewi said.

The CEO of Arise IIP, Gagan Gupta, also in the panel disclosed that for products produced in Africa’s agro-processing zones to be globally competitive, there must be the recognized need for cost-efficient electricity.

“Although biomass energy production might not be a viable alternative without enough biomass, in the context of the agro-processing zones with many factories, it becomes much more feasible,” Gupta stressed.

With an alternative form for sustainable power highlighted, it stands to be seen if the opportunity is considered by African leaders.

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