The Energy Industry Development Initiative (EIDI) says its ECOSMART integrated modular power minigrid plant is designed to produce biogas, soil amenders and fertiliser in a ratio that is beneficial for soil management.
Dr Tom Obaseki, Chief Executive Officer, EIDI, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, December 20, 2020 said that the plant would also support local and regenerative agricultural practices.
According to him, ECOSMART is a total waste-to-wealth concept based on the circular economy.
“This will help to solve three main infrastructural and developmental problems of Nigeria: Electricty and clean Energy Access, Sustainable Waste Management, Organic Fertiliser for Agricultural use and ultimately food security.
“The renewable electricity power solution thus comes with underlying economic, environmental and social benefits for rural dwellers, especially for women.
“As part of the design, the system will produce biogas, soil amenders and fertiliser in a ratio beneficial for soil management, supporting local, regenerative agricultural practices,” he said.
Obaseki said the project would demonstrate the use of clean, renewable biogas for cooking, replacing biomass fuels which cause well documented respiratory and other health issues, particularly for women and children.
“Biogas will also be used to generate heat and electricity to power homes and businesses such as cassava drying, food processing, charging for e-bike delivery services and others.
“A Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) mechanism will be used to explore the potential for community ownership of energy and waste management asset,” Obaseki said.
By Deji Abdulwahab