Local innovation: Waste to watts

In Rije village, Nigeria, an electric mini-grid powered by local organic waste is producing power for 550 people. Dubbed ‘Waste2Watt’, the plant currently generates 20 kW of power per day after converting waste to electricity through a biogas digester. The Rije villagers are now able to power household appliances including lights and freezers. The 1.2 t of waste required daily to produce the power is sourced from abattoirs, poultry farms and homes in the area, reducing landfilling and the release of methane to the atmosphere through decomposition. Households using the power pay €12.80 per month which, according to Fatima Ademoh, the 25-year-old Waste2Watt innovator, is cheaper than using petrol or diesel for power.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.