Clean cooking and waste to energy – SESA

This course will delve into clean cooking and waste to energy, unpacking the basic concepts of clean cooking, the technological options currently available and the key elements to consider when planning and setting up a clean cooking system.

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This course will delve into clean cooking and waste to energy, unpacking the basic concepts of clean cooking, the technological options currently available and the key elements to consider when planning and setting up a clean cooking system.

The course aims to provide a simple yet technical basis for those interested in learning more about smart and green energy solutions. Experts from the SESA project have created this course giving particular attention to concrete cases and examples relevant to the African context to help understand how different energy alternatives work.

The course is made up of 10 lessons, each one comprising one short video, a list of further readings and a quiz to test the understanding of the content. Each lesson will focus on a specific topic, covering a fundamental element that makes clean cooking and waste-to-energy technologies successful. These include:

  1. Basic clean cooking concepts
  2. Treatment of organic waste: anaerobic digestion.
  3. Sourcing and production of waste to an energy system
  4. Technology options for clean cooking solutions
  5. Installation, operation, and maintenance of Biogas systems
  6. Installation, operation, and maintenance of efficient cook stoves
  7. Safety for clean cooking solutions
  8. Suitable condition for waste-to-energy installations
  9. Business models and delivery models for clean cooking solutions
  10. Open discussion

This is the second course in the SESA capacity building programme, which aims to close the knowledge gap around renewable and smart energy solutions.

The SESA capacity building programme consists of six courses, which dive into six specific technologies investigated by the SESA project to help participants understand what alternative energy sources exist and how they work. In addition to clean cooking, these technologies include solar energy, electric mobility, second-life EV batteries, smart microgrid & system integration and rural internet access.

This course is aimed at those who want to enter the world of sustainable energy, seek alternatives to conventional energy sources and opt for sustainable development in both urban and rural contexts. Those include, but are not limited to high school students, technical staff from municipalities and professionals in the field of energy.

Examples and cases are mainly taken from different countries in Africa, hence the course may be more relevant for those settled on the African continent, but can also be applicable to those living in a similar context.

Videos and classes are currently only available in English. However, we are working on a solution that will allow translations into other relevant languages.

The main objective of this course is to take participants step-by-step into the world of clean cooking and make them learn about the fundamental elements that constitute achievable sustainable development. Participants will learn about:

  • Basics of clean cooking and waste to energy
  • Differences between different equipment
  • Suitable conditions and key factors to plan a clean cooking system
  • Ensuring the best performance of the equipment installed
  • Possible applications for clean cooking
  • Concrete examples across Africa

A certificate of completion will be awarded upon completion of all lessons and correct answers to each quiz.

Smart Energy Solutions for Africa (SESA) is a collaborative EU-funded project between the European Union and nine African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania) that aims at providing energy access technologies and business models that are easily replicable and generate local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion in Africa.

Over the course of this 4-year project (2021-2025), a variety of solutions will be investigated and tested in different contexts. Such contexts include decentralised renewable energies (solar photovoltaics), innovative energy storage systems including the use of second-life Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries, smart microgrids, waste-to-energy systems (biomass to biogas), climate-proofing, resilience and adaptation, and rural internet access.

Innovations will be co-created in living labs that the project has set up to foster the cooperation between consortium members, innovators and local communities, and tested in both urban and rural environments following a three tiers approach. Initial testing will be done at the demonstration site in Kenya (Katito and Homabay), then validated in Ghana, Malawi, Morocco and South Africa and finally replicated in Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Tanzania).

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