Siemens signs cooperation agreement for waste-to-energy project in Morocco
German industrial group Siemens (ETR:SIE) on Monday signed an agreement to join a research project for waste-to-energy solutions in Morocco.
Moroccan company PEPS SA (Pour et par le soleil), in partnership with French company NST, has designed solar-assisted pyrolysis furnace which can transform solid waste into electricity.
The three companies this week signed a technical and cooperation agreement to further develop and promote the technology.
"The technology helps utilise waste in the form of electricity, paraffine and other high value-added products", said Dirk De Bilde, CEO of Siemens Maroc.
Helped by the Marakesh-Safi region and Moroccan sustainable energy agency Masen, PEPS has already built a pilot plant in the Ras El Ain commune. The demonstration unit was officially inaugurated on November 8, 2016. It is expected to process some 54 tonnes of waste per day and reach a generation capacity of up of 2.4 MW.
Morocco's electricity consumption totalled 35 TWh in 2015. More than 75% of it came from fossil fuels - coal or natural gas. Nevertheless, the kingdom wants to generate 42% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020 and further lift this share to 52% in 2030.