Tag: Ghana

Universities team to trial seaweed for biofuels in Ghana

Universities team to trial seaweed for biofuels in Ghana

January 22, 2015 |

In Ghana, the Technical University of Denmark, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research are launching Africa’s first algae biofuels project with the aim of helping to secure the country’s coastline.  The project that will cultivate seaweed as feedstock will use locally available enzymes for processing.

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Jatropha around the world: As SGB raises $11M, here’s a 13-country tour of development activity

Jatropha around the world: As SGB raises $11M, here’s a 13-country tour of development activity

September 11, 2014 |

The 2000s-era wonder crop went quiet as “plant anything, anywhere” gave way to the “develop genetics, boost yield” movement, led by SGB. Today, SGB moves forward again with new financing. In California, SGB announced an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout, after reducing the time to maturity from 5 years to 1-2 […]

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Ghana doubts compatibility of sustainable food efforts and biofuel production

Ghana doubts compatibility of sustainable food efforts and biofuel production

October 21, 2013 |

In Ghana, Regional Director of Agriculture Cyril Quist has labeled both mining and biofuel production a threat to food security for the country, claiming that efforts at promoting sustainable food systems were in danger if land leasing for biofuel production is not stopped. He spoke on this topic at World Food Day, and his sustainable […]

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Ghana’s poop-to-biodiesel pilot project launched on World Toilet Day

Ghana’s poop-to-biodiesel pilot project launched on World Toilet Day

November 19, 2012 |

In Ghana, to celebrate World Toilet Day on November 19, researchers at Columbia University’s Engineering School, working in Ghana with Waste Enterprisers Ltd., the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, are launching a pilot facility to convert fecal sludge into biodiesel fuel, thereby addressing a ubiquitous societal problem […]

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Ghana launches human waste to biofuels project

Ghana launches human waste to biofuels project

May 30, 2012 |

In Ghana, Waste Enterprisers Limited is producing biodiesel from human waste at pilot projects in Teshie-Nungua in Accra and Dompoase in Kumasi. The projects should be at full pilot scale by the end of the summer and at commercial scale in two years with the capacity to process 100 truck loads of waste per day. […]

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India to invest in Ghana’s sugar industry

India to invest in Ghana’s sugar industry

May 28, 2012 |

In Ghana, India will be investing to reactivate the Komenda Sugar factory, which collapsed in 1983. The move comes after nearly three years of negotiation between the countries as Ghana hopes to revamp its sugarcane industry to enter into the renewable energy market. The investment will come from the Minister of Trade and Industry in […]

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Gates Foundation awards $1.5M for waste-to-biodiesel project in Ghana

Gates Foundation awards $1.5M for waste-to-biodiesel project in Ghana

June 17, 2011 |

In New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $1.5 million award for a “Next-Generation Urban Sanitation Facility” in Accra, Ghana, that will develop the biotechnologies to turn the fecal sludge in sewage into methane and biodiesel. Kartick Chandran, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia Engineering heads up the project. […]

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards $1.5M for next-gen biodiesel

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards $1.5M for next-gen biodiesel

June 7, 2011 |

In Ghana, Colombia University professor Kartik Chandran has won a $1.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to produce biodiesel and methane from human waste in the capital city of Accra using the “Next-Generation Urban Sanitation Facility” he has developed. The idea is to provide local communities with access to affordable fuel […]

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Abellon CleanEnergy developing 10K hectare biomass project in Ghana

Abellon CleanEnergy developing 10K hectare biomass project in Ghana

[ 0 ] March 1, 2011 |

In Ghana, the UNDP is helping India’s Abellon CleanEnergy to develop a major biomass energy project that will give jobs to 21,000 farmers and 4,000 others in the processing side. The project will grow biomass on 10,000 hectares of derelict land. By 2015 a power plant will be built in the Ashanti region that will […]

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Researchers confirm jatropha potential in Ghana, Niger

Researchers confirm jatropha potential in Ghana, Niger

[ 0 ] February 10, 2011 |

In Norway, controlled experiments with irrigation and fertilisation of jatropha have been conducted at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), which is an institute in Niger under the auspices of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). In this project, studies and field trials were conducted with jatropha in Ghana […]

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