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01.06.2015 | Original Research | Ausgabe 2/2015 Open Access

International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering 2/2015

Approaching sustainable development through energy management, the case of Fongo Tongo, Cameroon

International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering > Ausgabe 2/2015
Giulio Allesina, Simone Pedrazzi, Federico Sgarbi, Elisa Pompeo, Camilla Roberti, Vincenzo Cristiano, Paolo Tartarini
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Published in the Special Issue "8th AIGE Conference (Italian Association for Energy Management)".


This work is aimed at defining a possible solution for sustainable energy development in the Menoua Department, West Cameroon. The purpose of the cooperation between ALA Milano Onlus and the Biomass Energy Efficiency Laboratory of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia was to analyze the case study in order to propose a solution for energy production capable of meeting the needs of the Cameroonian society while also heading towards a sustainable development. Primary researches suggested that the most viable solution was to integrate the corn food processing with the gasification of the cobs. The thermo-conversion process was modeled with a black-box approach; the results of the model were further compared with the energy required for corn processing, therefore demonstrating the sustainability and virtuosity of the chosen solution. A commercial 20 kW\(_{el}\) gasifier was selected for supplying electrical power to three central buildings: the city hall, the Chaufferie and the school. This solution is a security measure assuring continue power supply to these vital buildings. Furthermore, it will bind the relation between the rural and the city areas through the energy exchange process.

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