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‘Covid-19 facemask waste: Promising power generation potential for Africa’

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PROFESSOR Dan Cudjoe of the School of Business at Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology has declared that incineration of single-use Covid-19 facemask waste has promising power generation potential for most African countries.

This followed his evaluation of the power generation potential using the model equations formulation approach. The IPCC guidelines for national greenhouse gas inventory methodology and EPA “compilation of air pollutant emissions factors” (AP-42) were used to compute greenhouse and acid gases.

. Prof Dan Cudjoe

He discovered that the 3.53 million kg of single-use facemask waste generated in Africa daily could produce 6.03 million kWh of electricity. He indicated

Prof. Cudjoe further stated that for governments to benefit from high power generating potential, facemask waste collection rates and appropriate disposal should be increased.

He, however, warned that, despite its great power potential, the incineration of single-use facemask waste has major environmental implications.

He discovered that the process in Africa has a global warming potential of 145,687.7 kt CO2eq/day and a total acidification potential of 1,308,362 kg SO2eq/day.

To retain single-use facemask waste as an environmentally friendly source of energy via incineration, Prof. Cudjoe advised that the installation of air pollution control equipment in every incineration facility should be mandated.

Figure 1: Power generation potential of treating daily single-use facemask waste via incineration in Africa.

Link to the main research: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2022.123707

Journal: Energy (The International Journal)

Publisher: Elsevier

Funding information: The research received financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 72050410354) and the Startup Foundation for Introducing Talent of NUIST (Grant No. 2021r111).

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