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CHARIS Signing Contract

UNIDO through the Towards Sustainable Energy for All in Mozambique project with the financial support of the Global Environment Project (GEF) focuses on the demonstration and scaling up of investment projects focused on the use of RE systems. In May 2022 three private sector organizations namely CHARIS, AFORAMO, and MAKOMANE- ADM were awarded contracts to implement RE demonstration pilot projects

In September 2022 CHARIS - Associação de Solidariedade Social received funds to produce 35,000 m3 (around 96 m3/day) of Biogas to be used for cooking (domestic, small, medium and big industries), refrigeration, and lightning. The biogas will be produced using 30 different bio digesters (from 1m3 processing capacity to 10m3). This amount of biogas is equivalent to 4.4 MW/year of Flame power and 2.1 MW/year of electricity. The company will provide training for the installers and operators and establish small demonstration Biogas units in suitable small businesses and families processing coconut, cashew nuts and cassava in Inhambane Province. This will result reduced consumption of firewood and fossil fuels and provide cost savings for householders and businesses. Besides, by replacing dirty fuels with clean, eye irritations and complications will be reduced.


It is hoped that this project will boost the domestic and small-scale industries in Inhambane province, mainly for those processing coconut to produce coconut oil, soap and other sub-products, cashew nut and cassava, contributing to increased household income and viability of small-scale industries. Besides, the project will play a critical role in the agriculture value chain, mainly conservation of the harvest, one of the biggest challenges faced by the local/ rural farmers. The processing of these agriculture foods, as well the refrigerators side provided by the biogas, will help in the conservation of the food to be sold during long periods of times and as well saved for food security purposes for the communities.

Successful biogas demonstration units will promote interest in the community, so that adoption will become widespread. The early adopters will also gain experience and be able to promote the uses of Biogas and help other potential users.