We strive to create a sustainable way of providing energy from water hyacinth while fostering economic and socio- economic uplift within the communities living along water hyacinth infested waters.
What we work for
To reduce dependency on forest cover for our biomass energy demands
Forest degradation stands at 4% per year in Uganda, placing it among countries with the largest deforestation rates in the world. Expansion of commercial and subsistence agriculture, increasing energy demand are among the main pressures on forest cover. Uganda’s energy sector is dominated by biomass energy with firewood and charcoal contributing to about 85% of the energy consumption. The charcoal production is averagely 20% effective, which implies that for a country that consumes over
700,000tonnes of charcoal- over 3.5 million tons of biomass(trees) are cut down to meet the demand for cooking fuels. Due to increased protection and gazetting of forest reserves, charcoal producers are gradually running out of raw materials which has driven the price of charcoal from USD 0.28 to 1.2USD per kilogram.
For local communities whose daily expenditure is below one dollar per day, this implies malnutrition, firewood usage and other unsafe forms of cooking that are detrimental to public health.
Ehega Bioenergy, is a green energy start-up seeks to create renewable biomass briquettes that are cost effective, last longer and are able to reduce the reliance on firewood from trees. The current use of non-renewable energy sources has endangered our environment.
As Ehega Energy, we aim to achieve raw material substitution by replacing biomass like trees with highly regenerative water hyacinth. Water Hyacinth already possesses a great threat to electricity generation in Uganda through blockage of dams and water transport.
Utilizing one problem of water hyacinth to solve another (demand for cooking fuels) is one way to mitigate these degradation activities leading to climate change and foster revenue generation in communities through job creation.
Through capacity building and empowering communities with renewable energy recovery knowledge, our briquetting factory can sustain an output of 1.2 tons of briquettes per week.
Dependency and unsustainable use of tree biomass in 2013 was estimated at 44 million tons per annum which could easily rise to 135 tons if no interventions are put in place. Out of the 44 million tons, the tree resource is estimated to sustainably supply only 26 million tons, which is well below the demand for biomass energy demand in the country.
Using an innovative carbonising process, we are able to convert the biomass into char. This char is bonded with starch and then through an extrusion process, we are able to create briquettes that are used as an energy source.
Utilizing water hyacinth as a feedstock lessens the pressure that is exerted on tree biomass hence providing the a more sustainable raw material to meet the cooking and heating energy demand for over 40 million Ugandans.
Ehega bioenergy Team
Doreen is an enterprising individual with an extensive background in FinTech offering financial services to micro, small and medium enterprises.
Dennis has a background in civil and environmental engineering and is very enthusiastic about provision of alternative resources for biomass energy demand
Mark is an enterprising and creative person with a Mechanical and materials engineering background with experience in building products from idea to scale.