Monday, October 16, 2017

Kenya: Geothermal Heat Used to Dry Maize at Menengai

Utilization of the geothermal resources for drying grains in Kenya (Matís)

(Courtesy Wikipedia Commons)
A new and very interesting project is in its initial phase and takes advantage of how Iceland has used geothermal energy for drying. The project is headed by Matís, an Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D institute, but in partnership with the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) in Kenya. The project receives funding from the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF).

The project overall objective is to market by demonstration the substitution of carbon releasing fuels with geothermal energy in drying of major food product in Kenya, namely maize (over 3 million tons annually) where oil is currently the major energy source. This, if adopted at commercial scale will contribute to the global reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and better control of the drying process.

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