Edem C. Bensah (Ing)

Coordinator - Bioenergy

Edem C. Bensah (Ing) had both his MSc. (Mechanical Engineering – Thermofluids and Energy Systems) and his BSc. (Chemical Engineering) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. He is currently a lecturer at the Chemical Engineering Department of Kumasi Polytechnic, Ghana. His research interests are Thermodynamics, bioenergy, biosanitation, integrated solid/liquid waste management, CDM, competency-based training (CBT) curriculum development. He is a founding member of CEESD and has several publications in both local and international journals

Date of birth December 8, 1981
Sex Male
Citizenship Ghanaian
Research interest First and second generation biofuels (bioethanol, biodiesel, biogas), solar thermal, thermodynamics, engineering education


2007 – 2009 MSc – Mechanical Engineering – Thermofluids and Energy Systems, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
2001 – 2005 BSc – Chemical Engineering, First Class, KNUST, Ghana


Employment record
06/2008 – Date Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Department., Kumasi Polytechnic, Ghana
09/2009 – Date Biofuel/CDM Projects Coordinator (Volunteer), Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (CEESD), Kumasi, Ghana
8/2005 – 8/2006 Teaching and Research Assistant, Faculty of Chemical and Materials Engineering, KNUST, Ghana
Date Location Position Project
8/2011 – Date Ghana Coordinator First CDM programme activity on Envirofit cookstoves in Ghana
6/2010 – 6/2012 Kumasi Polytechnic Coordinator Research and development of solar dryers for large scale drying of agricultural produce in Ghana
10/2010 – Date Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal Team member – KNUST Integrated Waste Management in Western Africa (IWWA), 7thFramework Programme, European Commission
08/2010 – Date Kumasi Polytechnic Coordinator Research and development of decentralized biochar reactors and small scale compost plants for agricultural applications in Ghana
05/2009 – Date Ghana Team member Production and testing of gel ethanol (from sugarcane) as household fuel in Ghana
9/2010 Bongo Team member Design and installation of solar water distillers at AnaafoBisi, Bongo, Upper East Region

Relevant papers in journals and conference proceedings

  1. Bensah E. C., Ahiekpor J., Boateng C. (2011). Migrating from subject-based to competency-based training in Higher National Diploma Chemical Engineering: the case of Kumasi Polytechnic. Education for Chemical Engineers, doi:10.1016/j.ece.2011.04.001
  2. Bensah E. C., Mensah M., Antwi E. (2011). Status and prospects for household biogas plants in Ghana – lessons, barriers, potential, and way forward. International Journal on Energy and Environment, Volume 2, Issue 5, 2011 pp.887-898
  3. Antwi E., Bensah E. C., Ahiekpor J. (2011). Use of solar water distiller for treatment of fluoride-contaminated water: the case of Bongo district of Ghana, Desalination, doi: 10.1016/j.desal.2011.05.044
  4. Arthur R, Baidoo M. F., Brew-Hammond A., Bensah E C. (2011). Biogas generation from sewage in four public universities in Ghana: a solution to potential health risk. Biomass and Bioenergy, doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2011.04.019
  5. Bensah E. C., Brew-Hammond A. (2010). Biogas technology dissemination in Ghana: history, current status, future prospects, and policy implications. International Journal on Energy and Environment, Volume 1, Issue 2; pp. 277 – 294
  6. Bensah E.C., Antwi E., Ahiekpor J. (2011). Promoting enterprise-based ecological public toilets in Ghana: technology and economics, 2nd National Environmental Sanitation Conference – NESCON 2011, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Kumasi, Ghana
  7. Bensah E.C., Antwi E., Ahiekpor J. Promoting decentralized solar water purification systems in Ghana: a case study at Bongo, 3rd Ghana Water Forum, Ministry of Water, Works and Housing, Accra


Other presentations

Bensah E. C., Antwi E. (2011). Anaerobic wastewater treatment plant for the treatment of organic waste and wastewater at Kumasi abattoir: A CDM project. Growing green through the rule of law: Capacity Building for carbon markets for Africa,  ACDLP, GIMPA, Accra, Ghana, July, Accra, Ghana, July