ELECTRICI - Recycling of cashew waste in the OLAM plant to produce electricity

September 2016
June 2020
Project cost
1 030 000 €
Role in the project


Côte d’Ivoire


Agroprocessing Bioenergy



Main goals

4-year project in northern Ivory Coast, aiming to develop an innovative model in terms of operational and economic approach, in order to set up an energy and electricity production offer combined with a cashew nut processing activity

  • Contribute significantly to Ivory Coast’s electrification program through a valorization of the biomass resulting from agricultural raw material processing
  • Contribute to limiting the environmental risk for the cashew processing sector by offering, through recycling, a solution for the ultimate elimination of shells

Specific objectives

  • Acceleration of resources deployment for the electrification plan in the project area. The additional energy modifies the local grid’s supply capacity
  • Reduced environmental risk at the processing site. In qualitative terms, this avoids landfilling of shells on the industrial processing site


The first beneficiary is the manufacturer who accepts the installation of the electric power generator on their site, who will use self-generated electricity and valorize a cumbersome waste. The other beneficiaries are the isolated populations, who will quickly benefit from electrification and financial support for the creation of income-generating activities


** R1. ** An operational pilot power generator that feeds power into the grid and consumes processing waste from cashew shells
** R2. ** An organizational scheme for energy and electricity production integrated into a transformation site that responds to the specific context of Ivory Coast and its needs in terms of electrification


** A1. ** Preparation of study’s activities: preparatory tasks for the development of the pilot (choosing construction site, technology...)
** A2. ** Legal and financial arrangements: working jointly with national institutions (energy, industry, environment, electrification agencies, electricity companies) to obtain operating licenses and sell the energy produced. Provide business plan to ensure project balance and profitability. At the end of the activity, the ad hoc structures that will produce and distribute the energy (the private operator) will operational
** A3. ** Design studies: technical and economic studies leading to a pre-project that provides a business plan for the pilot’s sustainability and durability
** A4. ** Pilot construction: rely as much as possible on local companies with strong involvement of the French-based technical team, supported by the locally-recruited engineer who will perform technical coordination tasks
** A5. ** Support the operator in starting the operation: 1- training of operators and administrative staff, 2- technical support to the operator, who will be monitored by an experienced electrical engineer, who will respond to any technical problem that may arise
** A6. ** Develop productive uses within the project scope: increase the electrical demand in the project area and allow the emergence of new economic activities for the beneficiary populations
** A7. ** Capitalization: includes the referencing of suppliers and local manufacturers in order to prepare the pilot’s industrialization with a view to its replication. The aim is to transfer the manufacture to the local industry

Related people

Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste

Etienne Perrier

Having graduated from the Engineering School INSA of Lyon as an Engineer in Energy & Environment, option "Thermal systems engineering", Section "Top-level sport", he brings his expertise in renewable thermal systems implementation and analysis, in the food processing industry (shea and cashew), waste recycling and training of local experts

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Country representative in Côte d'Ivoire

Benjamin Garnier

Agricultural Engineer, specialised in "quality of the environment and resources management", from the French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering of Toulouse (INP ENSAT). He brings his expertise in feasibility studies for investment funds, agricultural markets studies and analysis of value chains

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Cédric Rabany

Holder of a Master of Science, "Agricultural Engineer and territories development" from the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture (ISARA Lyon), he brings his expertise in agro-food/agricultural sectors' analysis and development, strengthening of supplychain actors (producers, private/public actors, agro-food industries...), socio-economic analysis of agricultural chains and his great knowledge of companies in these markets

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