New global technologies which has a proven growth potential lack commercial pilot plants to promote the industry on the African continent.
Major developments in Uganda now offers hope and the way forward.
Space Links Technologies has obtained approval from the Energy Regulatory Authority of Uganda (ERA) to conduct feasibility studies that will lead to securing licenses with the Energy Regulatory Authority (ERA) for the purpose of setting up an energy to waste plant and the sale of power to the National grid. Initial engagements with the municipal council indicate that all MSW in and around Jinja is by nature heterogonous, making it difficult and expensive to recycle efficiently without source sorting.
The waste collection solutions are under-developed or non-existent. Thus, the current option is mainly landfilling all the waste. Apart from the non-combustibles, all MSW fractions can be incinerated for energy making waste-to-energy power plant a viable option for both landfill and recycling. Space links has identified a great opportunity to work with Woima Finland oy, a reputable Waste 2 energy company to establish a solution to convert Waste to Energy in the City of Jinja. The company plans to incorporate skilled stake holders whose backgrounds will be in the areas of Waste management. Once we are fully operational it is our intention to start recycling the waste available in order to increase the calorific value for incineration, thus creating more power output. We are also considering bringing solutions to recycle used tyres to produce heavy fuel and create many more jobs.
Paul Kasango from Space Links says the key to success will be to produce clean energy. The Waste2Energy project is very exciting not only from the stand point of environmental protection but also from a commercial prospect.
A successful Waste recycle plant will contribute enormously to the health well-being of the inhabitants
of the city and its surroundings. There will be many recycling opportunities upstream that will be
generated. It is expected that the establishment of a central waste collection and management solution
will bring about a cleaner city and help the Authorities reduce costs on waste management and the
enforcement of environmental protection laws.
Witech Africa has been instrumental in getting the project to where it is now, we value Kevin Gesseau’s
input and enormous knowhow in W2E roll-out on the Continent. A lot of work has already gone into the
project. PROHOC oy and WOIMA are the DOC and tech providers and project sponsors.
Due to the fact that Witech Africa represents Finnish technology and knowhow on the Continent, Space Links Uganda is able to proceed with a number of funding processes the Finnish Government has put in place for companies making use of Finnish technologies. We are in the process of making application to Finfund and through the EEP program put in place for project development for energy projects with a huge development and social impact mandate such as ours in Jinja.