News - Apr 2, 2024

Delivery of equipment for the electricity production plant using rice husk

As part of the BioStar project, this second power plant will allow the production of electricity by gasification of rice husk in northern Senegal
Photo credits in header: © BioStar - Arnaud CHAPUIS

After the construction of the first pilot plant for electricity production by valorizing cashew shells in Benin, the agrogazelec project supports the transfer of technology to the construction site of the second plant which will start following the delivery of the equipment. This 85 kW biomass plant will this time be based on the valorization of rice husk and will allow the rice processing factory DB FOODS to become self-sufficient in electricity.

Photo credits: © BioStar - Arnaud CHAPUIS

This achievement is financed by the BioStar project, of which Nitidæ is a partner and which aims to contribute to energy and food security in Africa in the west, through the development of a bioenergy sector meeting the needs of agri-food processing SMEs. Learn more about the BioStar project here. The Agrogazelec project, supported by the French Fund for Global Environment (FFEM), also enabled the training of African technicians in exploitation and the adaptation of technology, with a view to its transfer from Cambodia to Africa and provides support for the exploitation and valorization of biochar.

The work will begin in April with civil engineering. The IED teams will then be able to start installing this self-production plant. The plant will be operational for the next rice husking campaign which begins in July 2024.

Rice husk biochar

Nitidæ is particularly involved in the valorization of gasifier residues, carbonized rice husks, into biochar for agricultural amendment. Test protocols are being developed including the choice of crops, producers and plots for the trials which will begin in the second half of 2024.

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