Basic informations

Project period

REFFECT AFRICA will start on November 01, 2021 and runs for a period of five years until November 01, 2026.


The project will be coordinated by the Universidad de Jaén (UJA), Spain.

Participating countries

The project involves 29 partners from 16 different countries. These include universities, research institutions and companies from Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Germany, Norway, Italy and Portugal.

Main activities

Tasks to perform: Prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication.


Renewable energies for Africa: effective valorization of agri-food wastes

Specific challenge

Africa still faces major challenges related to ensuring access to reliable energy for all and beyond, to the development of its industrial base to create much-needed jobs. The multi-faceted African continent has an enormous renewable energy potential which just began to be harnessed successfully.

Thus the adoption of innovative, affordable and efficient renewable energy solutions will support Africa in achieving sustainable development growth and economic transformation.

Against this background the REFFECT AFRICA project will start.


The overall objective of REFFECT AFRICA is to define, validate and demonstrate a successful biomass valorization technology for the production of energy and biochar. One project plant will be built at each of three different sites in Africa (located in Morocco, Ghana and South Africa), primarily for the production of electricity, heat and biochar.

These products form the basis for the development of further technical applications and processes that take account of the Water-Energy-Food cycle: Cheap electricity produced with local biomass wastes, an increase in fertility and agricultural output obtained closing local nutrient loops, and an improvement on health through the access to safe drinking water and services like sterilization of surgical materials.

The steps foreseen for this are:

  • Development of renewable energy sources, providing solutions for on-grid and off-grid communities, and their integration into the existing energy system
  • Working on obtaining biochar from the gasifier, which will be improved to provide a valuable fertilizer to local farmers
  • Inclusion of a robust but reliable water laboratory to provide their location with basic but often lacking testing services for their drinking and irrigation water

Ankron's contribution

Our task in this project will be to develop the basics for the water laboratories, to provide the appropriate equipment and to develop suitable analytical methods.

We have to establish validated water laboratories that operate safely in terms of quality, take into account the particular site's water quality requirements, and provide both technically and economically scalable models for additional sites in the long term.

Demonstrator locations