By Charles Muasya
Intensive use of biomass fuel in the industrial sector in Kenya is set to reduce following a new technology to transform renewable energies using vegetable, sugarcane and coffee dust waste.
In the technology spearheaded by the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) in partnership with the European Union- Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund, manufacturers are being encouraged to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
” The partners have conceived the Regional Technical Assistance Programme (RTAP) in order to transform how renewable energy and energy efficiency markets operate and development of additional solutions to achieve the diversification of energy resources in the East African region”, said energy resolutions engineer George Nyakondo who is in charge of Ruiru Briquettes station.
He said lean energy solutions biomass project will not only cut down the manufacturers power bill but will also create jobs to the locals creating 12 man working days per day.
The technology involves making non carbon briquettes from mainly coffee husks and sugarcane waste producing one tonne of biomass briquettes from the waste in a day.
” The technology can save 25 percent on fuels bills with one of lean energy’s boiler solutions compared to an equivalent fuel oil solution with the added benefit of being a carbon-neutral solution”, he told science journalists attending this year’s African Science journalist conference taking place in a Nairobi hotel.
He said eight manufacturing companies in Kenya are now using lean energy solutions biomass concept of providing affordable credit lines.
Nyakondo said RTAP programme aims at providing support for the financing of selected investments in renewable energy projects of small hydro, wind, biomass,cogeneration and solar as well as in the energy efficiency projects in agribusiness and hospitality sectors.