Benin is a small, West-African country, with a predominately French-speaking population and a major energy resource problem. In Benin, coal and wood comprise 90% of the country's energy consumption. Due to a lack of alternative fuels, Benin has struggled with deforestation, desertification and proliferation of greenhouse gases.
This project will fund the development of a Green Coal plant which will manufacture renewable energy from biomass resources such as agricultural residue and yard wastes. To fight against this phenomenon, one solution is to use an alternative source of energy than wood and less expensive. - The project is to make biochar (green coal) from agricultural residues or renewable biomass through a process called pyrolysis, a fuel technology for ecological production Benin in particular and Africa in general.
This domestic fuel used in place of charcoal can reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. In view of the limited resources and pilot, the project will be located in the town of in central Benin, a region where the production and use of charcoal are particularly high.
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