The Danish tech-company MASH Biotech has developed a bio-mass generator that uses organic waste materials to produce bio-oil, fertilizer and gas.
One of the major challenges in the large refugee camps in Africa is accessing sustainable energy. In order to cook food and stay warm during the night, most trees are cut down and used as fuel.
This has lead to a widespread growth of the invading plant Prosopis – a shrublike tree that has low nutritional value and poor burning value.
Along with the Kenya Red Cross Society, MASH Biotech will be developing a version of their generator that will be able to use Prosopis to produce bio-oil and fertilizer and at the same time support a value chain that creates jobs locally.
“This type of technology can potentially solve some of the very large challenges within sustainable energy solutions,” says MASH Biotech CEO Jakob Bejbro Andersen.
“The problem we are trying to solve is not really a technical one as much as it is a question of finding a model that is economically feasible and allows local resources to be used more effectively. Partnering with Kenya Red Cross Society is an extraordinary opportunity to work with the people who need the solution and to develop it along with them,” he says.