• Feasibility study to be conducted into a cocoa pod-fired plant in Ivory Coast

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

In news from the Ivory Coast, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has approved a grant to conduct a feasibility study into a 60-70 MW cocoa pod waste-fired power plant in the south of the country. Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer of cocoa, and at present much of the cocoa pods are simply wasted, meaning that a plant firing the pods would have a cheap source of fuel. The country is hoping to develop as much as 424 MW of biomass-fired generation capacity by 2030 to help meet the rapidly escalating demand for electricity, which is growing at around 10% annually, but also to maintain its status as a net energy exporter.