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news | May 04, 2016 | Uganda | Development

Building on COP21 progress, ACTED pioneers biomass renewable energy in Uganda

ACTED Uganda: The gasifier uses agricultural waste to produce completely clean energy. It eliminates the need for dirty fossil fuels, while generating electricity with zero environmental emissions.

ACTED, in partnership with the private sector, has been selected and supported thousands of rural households in Northern Uganda to access electricity for the first time

At least 80% of Uganda’s population relies on agriculture. Moreover, up to 75% of the population in rural areas have no access to electricity, with 94% of households relying on wood or charcoal for their energy needs. ACTED has partnered with Dream Shuttle Limited, a private corporation developing sustainable renewable energy projects powering agricultural value addition and rural livelihoods enhancement in Uganda.Thanks to this partnership, ACTED is piloting an innovative project to add value to agricultural waste, while producing green energy. The key to this project is biomass gasification, consisting in a process of superheating biomass, such as rice husks, and using the resulting clean gasses to power an engine for electricity production. By using agricultural waste, which is heavily produced in Northern Uganda, the partnership will generate electricity for rural households throughout Uganda while reducing the reliance to wood and charcoal.

ACTED has been selected by Yunus Social Business to implement this activity.

ACTED Uganda: The by-product of biomass gasification, called biochar. Biochar can be used by industry to replace charcoal, thereby reducing deforestation.