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Mainstreaming gender in energy projects: training

Partners for Innovation and MDF offer a free of charge train-the-trainer course for organizations in ECOWAS countries involved in gender mainstreaming in energy projects. This three day course will be held in Accra, early 2018.  We are looking for NGOs or training institutes that have experience with gender and energy-related capacity building. The course, travel and accommodation will be paid for by UNIDO-ECREEE.

Find more details on the training here: ECOWAS Training announcement – incorporating gender-sensitivity in energy practices.

For more information on the project, please contact Stan van den Broek.


Biogas in Ghana

In October 2014, Emiel Hanekamp (Partners for Innovation) and associated expert Julius Ahiekpor from the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (CEESD), presented the results of the feasibility study for the implementation of 200 institutional biogas plants to stakeholders in Accra in Ghana.

The main conclusions of the study are:

  1. Institutional biogas in Ghana is technically and economically feasible and offers many environmental, and social benefits.
  2. There is a lot of interest from all stakeholders (including market) for a programmatic approach.

The final report will be published early 2015.

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Stakeholder Workshop Institutional Biogas Ghana

On 27 August, Emiel Hanekamp gave a presentation about the feasibility study on institutional biogas in Ghana. The workshop was attended by 30 key stakeholders from government institutes, NGO’s, private enterprises and research institutes in Ghana.

Research partner Julius Ahiekpor (bioenergy expert, lecturer Kumasi Polytechnik and director CEESD) presented the preliminary findings of the feasibility study:

Preliminary findings of the feasibility study:

  1. Biogas systems are technically feasible but securing long term sustainability is important
  2. Institutional biogas systems seem economically viable
  3. Social and cultural challenges do exists but do not seem to be a show stopper
  4. Well-functioning biogas systems have several positive environmental impacts
  5. Investment costs for biogas systems prevent increased uptake by public institutions
  6. An interdepartmental approach (policies and enforcement), targeting sanitation, energy and agriculture, is needed to make institutional biogas a success.

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Stakeholder workshop to set-up latrine-biogas systems in Ghana

Partners for Innovation is assisting the Ghana Energy Commission with setting-up an implementation plan to establish 200 latrine-biogas systems in boarding schools, hospitals and prisons in Ghana. The biogas systems will improve the sanitation situation, produce organic fertiliser and produce biogas, substituting charcoal, fire wood or lpg.

In the second half of August, Emiel Hanekamp will carry out a feasibility study in Ghana together with local biogas expert Julius Ahiekpor.  To involve all relevant stakeholders, a workshop will be organised on 27 August 2014, in Accra.

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Ghana Energy Commission – Feasibility Study Biogas

Partners for Innovation has carried out a feasibility study to set up an institutional biogas programme in Ghana. The study was executed for the Ghana Energy Commission (GEC), the executive agency for the Ghana ministry of Energy. It was funded by the Climate Support Facility, a European funded facility offering short-term customised technical assistance and training to public and private entities from ACP member states.

As part of its Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) action plan, Ghana wants to establish 200 institutional biogas systems for boarding schools, hospitals and prisons. These 200 systems will be the first phase of a more extensive programme facilitating the installation of many more institutional biogas systems. This study leads to a ready-to-implement programme so the GEC is able to finance and build 200 institutional biogas systems.

For this study two missions to Ghana have taken place. For this project Partners for Innovation worked together with Julius Cudjoe Ahiekpor, a Ghanaian bioenergy expert from Kumasi Polytechnic.

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