Ghana commissions first waste-to-energy plant

ghana has commissioned its first waste-to-energy plant in Gyankobaa in the municipality of Atwima Nwabiagya Sud in Ashanti.

A US$6.5 million contract was signed between the German government through the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with four institutions in Germany and one institution in Ghana comprising three academic institutions, one research and development and a medium-sized industrial enterprise towards development.

The 48-month project includes the construction of a hybrid waste-to-energy power plant to process municipal solid waste with a plan to later expand the concept to other parts of the country as this project could provide a model for others. projects.

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The 400 kilowatt production facility, which will be known as the Hybrid-PV-Biogas-Pyrolysis-Plant, will convert 12 tons of waste into bio-fertilizer and energy daily, which will help farmers in the region have access to organic manure for their farms.

The power generated will consist of 200 KW solar, 100 KW biogas and 100 additional KW from the pyrolysis of plastic waste. Once completed, the project will serve as a training center for waste management and solar energy supply, provide training for 17 masters students and four doctoral students at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) , Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Kumasi Technical University (KsTU), all supporting partners of the project.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said the new Gyankobaa power station was a manifestation of the government’s efforts to seek reliable and sustainable alternatives to hydroelectric and thermal power generation for the country.

The President said the project, the first of its kind in West Africa, would contribute to closing the communal carbon cycle by developing the value chain of the process with the production and use of compost.

“The hybrid waste-to-energy project has come at a time when major cities like Accra and Kumasi are facing great challenges in finding permanent landfill sites. Indeed, the highlight of this project for me is the use of municipal waste for electricity generation, which could be the sustainable alternative to reduce the waste management problems faced by metropolises, municipalities and Districts (MMDA) in Ghana,” the Head of State said. .