I am currently working on a cross-disciplinary project "implementation of bio-rural energy scheme for Ghana (IBRES). The consortium is led by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Ghana, Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (CEESD) Ghana and Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).
The objectives are to carry out materials characterization of the CPH in the six regions in which they are grown, design, build and evaluate a small scale bio-power electricity generation system, develop guidelines for implementing and demonstrating full scale bio-energy schemes and their integration into rural communities, investigate stakeholders perceptions of the bio-energy scheme and develop community co-operatives and governance structures suitable for local communities in cocoa producing regions.
Ghana is the second highest producer of cocoa in the world and a major revenue source for local farmers and the Ghanaian government. For every tonne of cocoa harvested around 10 tonnes of cocoa pod husks (CPH) are produced. On completion of the project later on this year, CPH of the four different types and from the six different regions will be characterised for their use as bio-fuels. A gasification system, which includes a gasifier, a 5kWe diesel generator set, a solar drier and pelletiser will be installed on the KNUST campus and monitored by researchers. Surveys have been developed to engage with local communities in the cocoa farming regions and co-operative structures will be developed appropriate for the local communities. Results from the bio-energy scheme and engagement with the local communities will be used to develop a roll-out framework for the bio-energy system.
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Environmental problems of oil and gas extraction in Ghana
Carbon Capture and Storage
My research interest lies in natural resource management, sustainable energy technologies, and environmental protection. Future research will look at the nexus between energy, the environment and rural development.