In Kampala, Sandec and its research partners research the viability of co‑processing of faecal sludge and other urban waste streams to produce fuel pellets and with these electricity through gasification. The SEEK project will establish a pilot-scale research facility and conduct market research to provide reliable data, working towards market implementation of technologies and endproducts.
In urban Sub-Saharan Africa, the sanitation needs of the majority of the population are met by onsite sanitation technologies. In Kampala, Uganda, these technologies provide for the sanitation needs of 95% of the population, approximately 1.8 million people. However, only around 50% of the excreta produced in the city is safely managed, and inadequate or unaffordable faecal sludge collection, transport and treatment are the reality for a large fraction of the population, jeopardizing environmental and public health.
The goal of the SEEK project was to work towards making resource-recovery based solutions to waste management a reality, thereby providing new business opportunities, and increasing access to renewable energy while improving public and environmental health in urban areas through the provision of sustainable sanitation service chains.