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Honouring the UN World Clean Energy Day

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In light of today's International Day of Clean Energy, we like to emphasize Safisana’s contribution to SDG 7 Clean Energy for All as one of the first waste-to-energy companies in West Africa.

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The combined heat and power generator transforms the biogas into electricity, that is subsequently fed into the national grid.

The main objective of SDG 7 seeks to establish global access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy, promoting a transition towards clean and renewable sources of energy for global consumption. To strengthen this objective, the United Nations has declared January 26 as the International Day of Clean Energy, “as a call to raise awareness and mobilize action for a just and inclusive transition to clean energy for the benefit of people and the planet”.

Safisana's clean energy

In 2023, Safisana produced a total of 692,538.00 MWh with a monthly average of 62,985.00 MWh. The clean energy produced from organic waste at Safisana’s site is used to power the grid of the local community. Back in 2017 the Safisana recycling plant in Ashaiman was one of the first organizations in Ghana that obtain a Power Purchase Agreement with the national Electricity Company of Ghana. Meaning that we are authorized to directly transmit electricity to the national grid. Currently, 90% of Safisana’s produced energy goes to the national power grid, creating a circular economy that benefitted about 2000 Ghanaians directly in 2023. The target is set to double its impact by the end of 2024.

Our waste-to-energy solution contributes to the transition to renewable and more sustainable energy sources in countries like Ghana and reduces the carbon emissions caused by the use of fossil fuels. Whereas energy is predominantly produced from burning fossil fuels, Safisana distinguishes itself by producing energy from processing organic materials such as food waste and fecal sludge from the community. Currently, only 30% of the global energy consumption comes from renewable energy. Safisana’s operations is an example of an alternative to derive value from a source that is otherwise neglected. Our model promotes a circular economy approach based on the reuse and recovery of energy as opposed to traditional systems based on the mining and exhaustion of natural reserves.

Deriving renewable energy from organic waste

The energy Safisana produces is 100 % green and carbon neutral because it is based on the process of recovery of energy and carbon from biodegradable waste streams. Safisana produces electricity by processing organic and fecal waste from the community. Organic waste from food markets and food processing industries (e.g. fruit and vegetable peels, leftovers) is collected together with fecal waste (human excrement) from the community in our anaerobic digester, where a process of fermentation occurs, and biogasses (methane) are captured. The biogas is transmitted into the CHP generator to produce electricity. In contrast with the use of oil and gas as energy sources, the use of electricity does not release or add any extra carbon emission to the atmosphere. The carbon gasses released in our production process were already in the atmosphere before they were temporarily stored in the organic and fecal waste.

Safisana's Plant Production Process

In short, Safisana’s energy production contributes to the 7th goal of the SDG's. It exemplifies innovative solutions to create value from renewable energy resources. Through this model, Safisana contributes to a circular economy, powering local communities in Ghana while minimizing the environmental impact. 

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