In Nigeria, cassava waste is a source of energy

Written by :
Hervé Zinsouga
Published on :
August 26, 2021 2:27 PM

Located in West Africa, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with a population of over 201 million. It is the world's largest producer of cassava. It alone accounts for more than a third of Africa's production, i.e. around 45 million tonnes per year.

Nigeria is facing serious electricity supply problems, with 43% of its population without power. The supply is particularly erratic and, at its peak, meets only 15% of the 28,000MW of daily needs.

To overcome this problem, the British company PyroGenesys, which specialises in waste-to-energy, decided to use cassava waste. By using this waste, in particular cassava peels, it is possible to produce and distribute electricity in rural areas, which are particularly deprived of it.

The supply of cassava is easy, as it is one of the staple foods of the population. It is an edible plant native to the Amazon basin and is used in the processing of gari, tapioca and fufu.

PyroGenesys uses innovative technologies to turn these cassava peels into briquettes. Burning the briquettes creates a heat source, which is then captured to produce electricity. PyroGenesys, which is already active in several provinces of the country, has set up a programme that aims to install 100 PyroPower units to produce clean, low-cost electricity for the local population.


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