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 demonstration project, which will use a hybrid solar PV, biogas and a pyrolysis plant to generate electricity from domestic waste will help advance Ghana’s quest to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.
The waste- energy project
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. This will go a long way in supporting Ghana’s climate change mitigation efforts which are currently focused on putting in place climate policies and actions, so as to scale up the implementation of the climate actions
Apart from creating more than 50 jobs for Ghanaians, Professor Boateng said that the project will also include the training of two post-doctorates, three doctorates, ten masters’ students, 20 academics professionals on hybrid bio-gas pyrolysis systems for waste treatment to enable them lead and mentor other African Countries in the design, Construction and Maintenance of Bio-gas/Biomass Plants. The project will also help to provide access to modern bio-energy fuel.
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.