Renewable Energies for Africa: Effective Valorization of Agri-food Wastes

Project PI: Eng. Dr. Peter Wilberforce Olupot, B.Sc. M.Sc.(Mech. Eng), Lic, PhD (Material Science), Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Makerere University

Makerere University, together with 28 other partners across Africa and Europe have been awarded funding of EUR 6,962,820 by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 to collaborate and implement a five-year project “Renewable Energies for Africa: Effective Valorization of Agri-food Wastes (REFFECT AFRICA).”

The project seeks to demonstrate innovative, reliable, and adapted sustainable energy solutions based on the valorization of biomass wastes from the agri-food industry. REFFECT AFRICA will build biomass gasification demonstrators at three African locations includingGhana, Morocco, and South Africa. The project will cover bothurbanized and rural contexts in Africa, as well as the different socio-economicbackgrounds. The demonstrators will be adapted and optimized to a wide variety of biomass wastes availablein the specified locations, producing electricity for productive use.