Saturday, August 15, 2020

Mr. Nolan explains to the team on how the process of waste from flowers is undertaken.

A Naivasha based firm is using organic waste from rose flowers to generate 2.8 MW of renewable energy.

Through the use of technology,Tropical Power company has installed a digestion plant that processes waste from roses and animal feeds to produce electricity and the residue is also used to produce liquid and solid organic fertilizer.
Through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the firm was sponsored to put up the Anaerobic Digestion plant and a shredder which enables production of a fluid pump able mixture, which goes through the plant as substrate to produce power .
The project funded by GEF and implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), aims at scaling up of the Waste -To- Energy technology with a goal of reducing gas emissions to the atmosphere.
Speaking during a monitoring exercise, Ministry of Environment and Forestry Director Programs, Projects and Strategic Initiatives Mrs Agnes Yobterik said the project demonstrates the fact that waste is resourceful , and that it can be recycled to useful form.
UNIDO-Kenya  Project Co-ordinate Zachariah Munga said at completion of the project UNIDO woulda have spent about Ksh 15 million, and 500MW of electricity will be produced.
Tropical Power Kenya Limited , Chief Operating Officer Mike Nolan said the
power plant is the largest of its size and type in East Africa, and a first in terms of renewable energy development in the region.
Nolan said the firm currently sells its excess production to Kenya Power and  surrounding flower firms .

Leveraging on technology to address waste management:- A earth mover loads solid waste from flower farms onto a shredder at the Tropical power plant. UNIDO, through GEF, is supporting the plant with this technology that is able to shred 70 tonnes of waste in a day.

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