Collectors for tea industry in Kenya ready to go

At Absolicon’s premises, the first partial delivery to Kenya is now ready to be sent. The installation is one of two pilots in Kenya as part of a project to help the tea industry convert to solar energy.

In Kenya, factories drying the tea leaves use huge amounts of eucalyptus wood grown in the immediate area to produce heat. The eucalyptus seems cheap, but when all costs are summed up, the energy cost is about € 30 / MWh. In addition, the eucalyptus plantations dry out the soil and destroy wetlands. Part of the drought disaster in the area is due to changed land use.

The project to introduce solar thermal to the industrial processes is funded by the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) and is run together with WWF Kenya and Tealand Engineering & Construction Ltd.

In September, Absolicon signed a framework agreement with Ariya Finergy Limited to acquire a production line in Kenya. The production line is expected to be operational in Kenya during the first half of 2021.

1 minute video of the benefits of solar heat in tea production: