Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organization




Value addition on Plastic waste and mitigation of environment pollution of plastic waste.

TIRDO in collaboration with UNIDO had set up a plastic recycling plant with the aim of demonstrating the plastic recycling process as well as training SME’s on the recycling technology. More than 300 people were trained through this program.

Among the SME’s that were trained, some established their own min plastic recycling factories /plants and employed others. Through this project plastic wastes have become a valuable raw material for the recycling plants and hence plastic wastes have been reduced significantly.

The main achievement of the project is the spill over where by it has created employment for the SME’s, the people hired in factories, the waste collectors and the waste distributors.


Energy Audit in Industries

For the past 28 years the centre has carried out over 60 energy and environmental management activities to industries and commercial centres in the Tanzania.  The centre has also carried out successful implementation of the energy conservation opportunities (ECO) to some of these industries.  The energy audits were sponsored by Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB), UNDP/UNIDO.  The world Bank/ESMAP, Ministry of Energy and Minerals and individual industries who saw the need for energy efficiency.  The following are the major activities done.

  • A survey of 50 Tanzania industries to investigate the correlation between production and electricity consumption and hence costs.
  • Electricity demand side management for 6 large industries and commercial centres in Tanzania.  The studies covered load profiles, power factor analysis, lighting efficacy, motor efficiency, etc and suggested corrective measures.  This project was a UNDP/World Bank/ESMAP sponsored and the TIRDO⦣128;™s energy and environment centre was selected as a local consultant.
  • Technical audit and appraisal to a leather factory and a printing press.  These audits were sponsored by TIB and NBC respectively.
  • Electricity demand side management for Tanzania sugar industry as part of the World Bank⦣128;™s initiative to explore the possibility of self-power generation to the industry.  The centre acted as the local consultant.
  • Furnace energy efficiency and performance testing to a metal processing factory and energy management study to a glass factory.  The individual companies sponsored these projects.
  • Electricity demand side management studies to commercial centres and higher learning institutes.
  • Energy auditing to clean water sewerage pumping stations.  The study involved determining the pumping efficiency, water leakage, power factor, motors efficiency and suggesting corrective measures.


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