Ghana to produce electricity from cocoa

The Ghana Cocoa Processing Company (CPC), producers of the world famous Golden Tree Chocolate, has announced an agreement with Captive Energy to produce 4 Megawatts to power its Tema plant using cocoa husks and bean shells as biomass fuel feed stock. The project is estimated to take 16 months to complete.

The CPC Boss Nana Agyenim Boateng made this revelation during an appearance on Diaspora Weekly, a DNT program that features members of the African diaspora who are providing significant contributions to the development of Africa either at home or from abroad.

The project will generate guaranteed output of 3.5MW of electricity on a 24-hour basis, a minimum of 12 tons of steam per hour, Hot Water, and Chiller (cold water including ice cubes) with the by-products being fertilizer and charcoal.

Horus Energia will use a CHP system, commonly referred to as cogeneration or Poly-generation, which consists of a gas generation set equipped with a heat recovery system to use the heat that is usually lost.

The technology to be deployed will produce syngas to power generators for the generation of electricity, and the heat rejection from the power generators will be channeled to a heat recovery generator to generate additional steam of 3 tons per hour.

Captive Energy as the Independent Power Producer (IPP) shall lead the collaboration of both Horus Energia of Poland and GP Green Energy of Austria to design, construct, install, and commission the project as required within 16 months as prescribed under the 72-month BOT arrangement.

Captive Energy shall also procure acceptable financial instruments to meet the payment requirements of both Horus Energia and Green Energy of their scope.

Nana Agyenim Boateng further stated that the project would not impact production levels of their current cocoa products because the actual cocoa beans would not be a part of the ingredients to be used as biomass fuel feed stock. “The possibilities are exciting when you consider that Ghana produces roughly 800,000 metric tonnes of cocoa,” Nana Agyenim Boateng said.

“This 4MW project will have raw materials of cocoa pod husk and cocoa bean shells. The cocoa pod husk of this project accounts for only Eastern Region’s cocoa production. In addition to this will be the cocoa shells which form an average of 11% of the cocoa bean and that is what will be added to the cocoa pod husk and used as raw materials to generate the 4MW and all these by-products,” he added.

Indeed with Ghana and neighboring Ivory Coast producing 60% of the world’s cocoa, the electricity generation potential of the least used portions of the cocoa product presents some exciting prospects for power generation in the two countries.

DNT News, Tema.

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