The Canadian company Biothermica Technologies is commencing a project to recover energy from waste using biogas in Kloto in the Plateaux region of Togo. The project, implemented in partnership with the organisation Bioenergie Togo, is financed by the government of the Canadian province of Quebec.
The prefecture of Kloto will be at the heart of a waste management and energy recovery initiative. The project will be enforced by Biothermica Technologies, a company based in Montreal, Canada. The company will rely on a grant of 250 million CFA francs (over € 381,000) from the Government of the Canadian Province of Quebec under its International Climate Cooperation Program.
The project is led by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change of the Province of Quebec in partnership with the Quebec Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie. Funded by the Green Climate Fund, the ICCP targets to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and to help the most vulnerable French-speaking countries face the impacts of climate change through technology transfer.
The Quebec government’s programme is primarily aimed at countries in North Africa, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa. In Togo, the waste-to-energy project will be implemented in several phases. Initially, Biothermica Technologies will set up a waste collection system in the Kloto area. This component will then be entrusted to the organisation Bioenergie Togo, which will see the capacities of its members strengthened.
The Kloto administration will provide Biothermica Technologies with a site for burying the waste collected in the locality. The biogas arising from the fermentation of the organic waste will be exploited using a recovery technology to feed a power plant, the capacity of which will certainly be determined after the preliminary studies to be carried out by the project developer.
“Thanks to the transfer of expertise that Biothermica will carry out, Bioenergie Togo will own the landfill site of the waste. The project will involve the active participation of many Togolese groups and the population through Bioenergie Togo. Biothermica will participate in the construction of the future biogas power plant and will ensure its operation”, says the Canadian company.
It also estimates that the use of biogas will make it possible to reduce emissions by around 260,000 tonnes of Carbon dioxide by the year 2030.