Must Read: Africa is getting its first ever Energy Plant that converts trash to power!

The Reppie Waste-to-Energy Project in Ethiopia is going to make a massive difference to green energy in Africa and hopefully inspire other countries to join the Green Energy Plant movement.


Ethiopia has become the first African country to adopt a green energy plant that will convert waste into energy. The Reppie Project started development in 2014 in the capital Addis Ababa. The waste-to-energy plant has been built near the countries largest dump, known as Koshe.

The dump is the size of 36 soccer fields and has been behind the deaths of many Ethiopians. The government decided to take a proactive role in the area and started working on the Reppie plant. It will incinerate 1,400 tons of waste every day, which represents about 80% of the city’s waste generation. The plant will also supply the people with 25% of their household electricity needs.

“The facility will process 1,400 tons of municipal waste per day and produce 185 GWHr of electricity annually that will be exported to the Ethiopian national grid.  This will be sufficient to power 25% of Addis Ababa’s households.”

The Government partnered with the Cambridge Industries Limited (Singapore), China National Electric Engineering and Danish engineering firm, Ramboll. The facility will be state of the art and have many features that will further benefit the environment.

“Over 80% of this waste is eliminated and what remains is converted into ash. The bottom ash will be sold as a building material to the local construction industry or safely used as landfill cover in the new Sendafa Landfill site. The Facility uses magnets to recover steel and other ferrous metals for additional recycling.”

“The Reppie Facility has adopted modern back-end ue gas treatment technology which ensures that almost all of the nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2), heavy metals and dioxins produced by the plant are drastically reduced, thus ensuring the plant operates safely within the strict Emission limits of the European Union. Any residues leftover from the ue gas treatment is recycled or safely disposed of whilst the scrubbed and cleaned ue gas is released into the atmosphere through the Plant’s twin 50 high stacks.”

The hope is that this will inspire other African countries to join the green energy movement and help combat the excessive waste ending up in landfills, oceans and cities.

Watch the video below.

Sources: Cambridge Industries
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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