The workshop which was dubbed ‘Biogas as a Social Enterprise in Ghana’ took place at the Technology Consultancy Centre (TCC) KNUST on the 17th of April, 2015. About twenty-five participants from various institutions in Ghana and abroad participated. These include Hogeschool Utrecht, KNUST, SNV, Industrial Ecology, Universiteit Leiden, Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Kumasi and Kumasi Polytechnic.
The aim of the workshop was to give participants in-depth training on the knowledge and opportunities biogas technology presents when fully embraced by the rural and urban communities and its economic value to the nation.
The workshop was chaired and inaugurated by Mr. Michael Commeh, a senior research fellow at TCC. He has undertaken substantial research works in energy and cook stoves over the pass years.
Menno Boerboom gave brief lectures on biogas and its importance. He trained participant on Business Model Canvas. He explained Business Model Canvas as a tool for designing, describing, improving and discussing of business.
The workshop also witnessed the division of participants into two groups to work and brainstorm on the problem ‘How can Biogas be a Social Enterprise in Ghana’ using the Business Model Canvas. The two groups came out with very good models which were presented to participants.
In his closing remarks, the chairman noted that Ghana has enough raw materials for biogas implementations and therefore urged the Ghanaian society to help make biogas projects a success.
The chairman gave a closing remarks in the view that, Ghanaian society has enough raw materials to help the biogas project to be a success. He added that if biogas was critically considered in Ghana, it will help solve the energy crises in rural and urban homes as well as industries; leading to a direct positive impact on the Ghanaian economy. He suggested that the next workshop should consider teaching participants the engineering aspect of building the biogas digester.
Participants agreed to impact the knowledge they had received to the Ghanaian society to help increase the awareness of biogas and its importance.