Mauritius is now producing electricity from the waste that municipal trucks carry from every region and dump at the landfill at Mare-Chicose, in the southern part of the island.
A new energy-producing plant, Mare-Chicose GTE, will generate up to 3MW of renewable electricity, preventing the release of about 668,000 tons of C[O.sub.2] in the atmosphere over the next five years. Experts from the EU have visited the plant recently saying they would like to use this project as a case study for other African countries.
The waste-to-green-energy plant is an initiative from a private firm, Sotravic that has funded the whole set up to the tune of MRs200m ($6.5m). It is capable of producing 110mkWh of electricity during the next five years to serve 5,000 homes; this represents 1% of the total electricity production of the island. The electricity produced is sold to the national grid, the Central Electricity Board (CEB).
Until now, the biogas produced by the natural transformation of organic waste on this landfill was burned in a cresset and its energy dispersed in the air. This project is the first of its kind to be set up in Mauritius. The use of biogas to produce electricity in the landfill has triple benefits, economic, environmental and as a source of green energy that reduces the consumption of fossil fuel.
Statistics reveal that energy consumption is the main source of the release of C[O.sub.2] in the atmosphere in Mauritius with about 55% generated by the use of fossil fuel, with Mauritius'...