Malawi, which refers herself as the Warm Heart of Africa, is among African countries to benefit from the K2.4 billion Department for International Development (DFID) clean energy project seeking to promote the use of biomass to generate electricity.
The project, expected to run for four years, will reduce the shortage of electricity especially in industries demanding more electricity for production, according to Kingdom Kwapata, Malawi’s Project Lead Scientist- Malawi.
Kwapata, a lecturer at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar), said the project comes in to investigate the feasibility of using agricultural wastes in the co-generation of electricity.
Other benefiting countries are Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and UK.
“The project is being implemented in all the districts as one way of solving electricity deficit, the problem which paralyses industrial activities,” said Kwapata.
He said the project is encouraging the use of agricultural wastes to make biomass which will then be used for generation of electricity.
“We are working with tea estates, cotton, tobacco and wood industries so that they can start generating their own electricity at the estate level by using agricultural wastes.
“This project will reduce the shortage of electricity in these industries,” said Kwapata.