Potential for Waste to Energy Generation of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana

Amo-Asamoah, E. and Owusu-Manu, D.-G. and Asumadu, G. and Ghansah, F.A. and Edwards, D.J. (2020) Potential for Waste to Energy Generation of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana. International Journal of Energy Sector Management. ISSN 1750-6220

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Abstract

Purpose: Globally, waste management has been a topical issue in the last few decades due to continual increase in municipal solid waste generation that is becoming difficult to handle with the conventional waste management techniques. The situation is much more pronounced in economically developing countries where population growth rate and urbanization are becoming uncontrollable. The aim of this study was to assess the potential for waste to energy generation in the Kumasi Metropolis, the second largest city in Ghana.

Methodology: To address the objectives of the study, a quantitative research approach viz questionnaire was adopted. The data analysis was done using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS version 25), including both descriptive and inferential statistics to give an in-dept meaning to the responses from the participants.

Findings: The results showed that several factors hinder waste to energy technology in Ghana; key among them were high capital cost, high operational cost and lack of governmental support and policy framework. The results also revealed that 1 m3 of biogas generated from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in Kumasi could generate 36MJ of energy, equivalent to 10kW/h.

Originality: The unique contribution made by the paper is that it combines expert opinions, empirical data that included time series data and opinion of key actors in the waste management chain in assessing the potential for waste to energy generation in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-12-2019-0005
Date: 8 June 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Waste Management, Waste to Energy, Biogas, Energy Potential, Kumasi Metropolis, Landfill
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Euan Scott
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2020 09:06
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 15:39
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9325

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