A study on sustainable energy for cement industries in Rwanda

G.S. Kumaran, N.S. Msinjili, W. Schmidt, M.V.A. Florea, P. Nibasumba

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Rwanda is a landlocked country in the East Africa. It is surrounded by Uganda, Tanzania, Congo and Burundi. Rwanda is a fast developing country and it spends most of its revenues to import fossil fuels from either through Mombasa Port in Kenya or Dar es Salaam port in Tanzania because the energy production in Rwanda is not sufficient for its development. Transporting the fuels from these ports, add on to the cost of all materials, cement industry being no exception. There are three cement companies in Rwanda. The cement industries could not run in full production due to the shortage of fuel. Moreover, Rwanda is importing all the construction materials such as steel, roofing materials, etc from its neighboring countries. This increases the cost of construction and the common man find difficult to own a house. In order to sustain the energy needs of Rwanda, different sources of energies should be focused. They are Peat, Geothermal, Methane gas, solar, wind, waste materials and Municipal wastes. Without affecting the environment, there is an urgent need to find a solution on sustainable energy in Rwanda. This paper discusses about the possible sources of energy in Rwanda which will improve the energy sustainability and turn the economy of Rwanda.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Cement and Concrete Technology in Africa, January 25-30 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa
PublisherBAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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