By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
A former presidential candidate, Mr. T.Q. Harris, along with his partner Mr. Igbo Vincent has unveiled for the public viewing HV WoodGas Technology which specializes in generating electric power from burning wood. The biomass electric power program for Liberia has been code named and styled “darkness must go”.
The device otherwise known as prototype gasifier was developed here in Liberia as a result of intense research carried out by Mr. Harris and Vincent. The equipment is capable of processing ordinary wood chips into syngas that can replace gasoline or diesel in operating a combustion engine. In other words, the device uses wood to power a typical generator that produces electric light.
Mr. Harris who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company told reporters at the formal launch of the project yesterday in Paynesville that electric power generated from biomass (wood, palm kernel, coconut shell, palm oil) is far cheaper than petroleum.
Flanked by his Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Igbo Vincent, Mr. Harris explained that biomass causes zero emission and does not destroy the environment. He disclosed that Liberia has abundance of these materials, and as such he and his partner have intended to convert these materials to electricity for the benefit of the citizens.
To further advance this emerging industry, Mr. Harris disclosed that the company will partner with local universities in the research and development of renewable energy.
As part of the “darkness must go” program, CEO Harris said the company will begin introducing a variety of biomass electric power generation systems to businesses, communities and private individuals as an alternative or complement in meeting power needs.
Harris and Vincent said HV WoodGas will also engage the government and the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) in discussing the possibility of constructing a 5 mega watts power plant that will feed into the national electric grid.
Speaking further, Harris indicated that adequate supply of affordable electric power is critical to Liberia’s development and transformation. He mentioned that the company is prepared to make its contribution to light up Liberia by utilizing local materials found in abundance.