- The government of Ghana has signed a US $5.7m agreement with Germany to construct a 400KW waste-energy plant in Kumasi to improve waste management in the country.
- The pilot plant will use a hybrid solar PV, biogas and a pyrolysis plant to generate electricity from domestic waste.
- Academic training on hybrid bio-gas pyrolysis systems also included in the program.
According to the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the completion of the 48 months project will help to ensure the conversion of waste to energy commences in Kumasi this year and later extended to other parts of the country.
Apart from creating more than 50 jobs for Ghanaians, Professor Boateng also said that the project will also include the training of two post-doctorates, three doctorates, ten masters’ students and 20 academics professionals on hybrid bio-gas pyrolysis systems.
The minister further commented that, once completed, the project will deepen the bilateral relationship between the two countries. “The project will create opportunity for German Small Medium Enterprises to take advantage and extend their products and services in the area of waste to Ghana. Therefore, the project’s success will not only help Ghana to address her energy and sanitation challenges but also encourage replication of the project nationwide,” he concluded.
Federal Minister of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany, Madam Karliczek stated that the 12,000 tons of waste generated in Ghana daily would be put to good use and would provide employment.
Germany Researchers, she said, had innovated solutions and would collaborate with their counterparts in Ghana to ensure the success of the project and the potential of building ten more by 2040 on a large scale to generate between one to five megawatts.
The initiative is in line with Ghana’s quest to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal
Source: Ghana Government