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11 January 2017 | Sci/Environment

KNUST builds 10 kilowatt gasification plant


By Kwabia Owusu-Mensah /Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, Jan 11, GNA - The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has built a 10 kilowatt gasification plant to generate electricity using charcoal.

The plant, was constructed by the Technology Consultancy Center (TCC) of the University in partnership with the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV).

It is the first of its king in Sub-Saharan Africa and has currently been supplying power to meet the energy needs of the Center.

A 2015 research report of the KNUST said the plant was built from readily available materials including cement, sand, iron rods, and chicken wires.

According to the report, the main objective of the gasification project was to create interest in that technology - transferred to Ghana by Biomass Technology Group (BTG) of the Netherlands.

Four students are currently working on the plant and the expectation was that private sector would develop business interest in the technology.


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