Bio-energy & Waste

Improve people's access to clean and profitable energy in the long term

Our "energy" projects pursue a goal of sustainable local economic development by fighting at the same time against deforestation - partial or total substitution of wood energy on a domestic as well as industrial scale - through three axes:

  • The energy recovery of waste, allowing agro-industrial (cashew, shea, mango, cotton, etc.) and groups of producers (attiéké, shea butter, etc.) to produce the energy needed for their processing activity by reusing their previously non valorized, pollutants and bulky waste. Agrovalorization becomes the top priority of Nitidæ's energy portfolio - see the Agrovalor initiative
  • Biogas, resulting from a methanisation process easily implemented in rural and peri-urban areas (fermentation of organic matter: cow dung, agricultural waste, etc.). This multi-impact solution makes it possible to produce gas while improving the working and hygiene conditions (reduction of fumes and wood collection), by reducing energy costs (reduction of purchases of wood and / or gas) and producing a reusable residue (digestate) for fertilizer.
  • Improved carbonization, particularly via REDD + projects, focusing on wood-energy utilization techniques. Nitidæ works in particular on the introduction of improved stoves and accompanies charcoal growers on increasing the yield of their production through simple techniques without investment.

Key figures

In 2016, 1.1 billion people still do not have access to electricity and 2.8 billion people do not have access to clean cooking methods (International Energy Agency, 2017) Each year, sub-Saharan African countries generate about 62 million tonnes of waste (World Bank)

Associated projects

Our team that works on this topic

Project Manager / Bioenergy & Waste / France

Loïc Simonnot

Engineer in international agro-development from ISTOM, he has high-level expertise recognized by both the public and the private sector, in the shea sector: producers’ organizations, production, processing, marketing and on reducing environmental impacts of processing

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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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Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / Burkina

Hervé Abbo

Holder of a diploma in Energy Engineering and a master's degree in International Relations, he worked on improved stoves on behalf of organizations such as the Ministry of Energy and GIZ in Benin. Before joining the team, he worked as a Green Energy Project Manager (Recovery of biodegradable household waste into biofuels) for a Benin-French NGO

Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / Burkina

Julia Artigas Sancho

Process engineer and holder of a European MsC in Renewable energies, she works on energy-related issues in African industry, since 2016. Process optimization and agri-waste-to-energy systems are her main expertise areas: appropriate technologies, training on operation and maintenance, biofuels…

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Project Officer / Energy / Burkina

Magloire Sacla Aïde

Design & Mechanical Engineer, specialised in "Energy and industrial technician in mechanical production" from the Ecole Polytechnique of Abomey Calavi (EPAC) in Benin, he brings his expertise in renewable energy including biomass energy recovery and industrial process

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Project Officer / Energy / Burkina

Romaric Aouake

Holder of an engineering degree in management of mining, oil and energy activities, Romaric joined Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire in January 2018 and currently holds the position of Energy Project Manager for the REDD + Project of Mé. He brings his expertise in the improvement of carbonization techniques and the support of local biomass energy recovery and energy efficiency projects.

Task officer / Bioenergy & Waste / Burkina-Faso

Arlette Kouassiale Akakpo

Engineer in Water Engineering, Sanitation and Hydro-Agricultural Developments from the International Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE), she brings her expertise in the treatment and recovery agro-industrial waste as well as the assessment of environmental impacts. She joined Nitidæ as an intern in January 2021 on the Agrovalor project, then hired as an Energy task officer

Project officer / Bioenergy & Waste / Benin

Arnaud Niesz

Energy and environment engineer gratuaded from the Institut national des sciences appliquées (INSA) Lyon, he works on subjects related to material and energy recovery of agricultural and agro-industrial bio-waste (in the cashew nut sector particularly).

Energy project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / Côte d'Ivoire

Abel Dègnimon Sogbegnon

He holds a Masters in Energy and Electrical Engineering (2IE, Ouagadougou) and a Masters in Science Physic (UAC, Benin). He has expertise in drying technologies, gasification/pyrolysis, energy recovery from waste (biomass), food processing and industrial electrical installations in the cashew, mango, rice and vegetable oils sectors (cotton, shea nut, soy) in West Africa. He works in close partnership with local manufacturing shops and entrepreneurs in a skills transfer approach

Head of Agrovalor Project / Bioenergy & Waste / Côte d'Ivoire

Mekeu Jules Dorgeles Gomeu

Holder of an engineering degree in management of mining, oil and energy activities, Dorgeles joined the Nitidæ team in 2016 and became Head of the Agrovalor project in January 2018. He brings his expertise in coordination, the implementation and monitoring of the activities of this project.

Local technician/ Bioenergy & Waste / Côte d'Ivoire

Bakary Tanko Soro

He holds a boiler technician diploma. He worked at Sitab as well as Agefop. In June 2019, he joined the Agrovalor Project as an intern. In February 2020, he was hired as a Local Technician on the Agrovalor Bouaké project

Project Officer

Anthony Guhur

With a degree in "Environment, Earth, Change, Climate", specialised in "Rural Area & Environment" from the University of Bourgogne (co-accredited with AgroSup Dijon), he brings expertise in bioenergy, forestry & agro-environmental projects and in project management

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Project officer / Bioenergy / Madagascar

Honoré Victor Rakotomalala

A graduate in Renewable Energies at the University of Antananarivo, Honoré specialized in biomass, solar and hydroelectric energy (sizing, production, transportation, distribution). Honoré brings his expertise in the diffusion of biomass energies, in the optimization of wood-energy sectors (households) in rural areas and his experience in editing / project management and telecommunications