WASCAL set to build biogas production laboratory at the University of Lomé

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 16:48
WASCAL set to build biogas production laboratory at the University of Lomé

(Togo First) - The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) plans to set up at the University of Lomé a state-of-the-art biogas production unit. 

A virtual workshop was held last week at the WASCAL’s headquarters, which is located at the university. The meeting focused on laying foundations for the project, which falls under the Programme de développement des énergies renouvelables in Togo (renewable energy development project in Togo) - PDERT. 

The session was officially opened by Prof. Koffi Akpagana, the minister of higher education and research. At the occasion, the official declared that “this project will contribute to the vision of the Togolese government to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix and leveraging their potential while preserving the environment, with a strong desire to save energy and achieve energy efficiency.”

This is a new milestone achieved after the release in February 2019 of a study conducted by the University of Lomé which revealed that Togo’s biomass potential could substantially help develop renewable energies. The projected biogas laboratory thus aims to experiment on the use of this source of energy in the country. 

Togo, let’s recall, wants to achieve universal electricity coverage by 2030, with renewables making up half of its energy mix by then. In this framework, the country has initiated multiple clean power projects; most of them however involve solar energy. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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