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Village Life Energy is a clean waste-to-energy (W2E) power plant generating renewable energy affordably in Samoa to displace diesel generated base load power

  • Village Life Energy (VLE) is an Independent Power Producer establishing a WASTE TO ENERGY power plant in Samoa.

  • VLE will be deploying a proven Japanese designed PYROLYSIS process with the advantages of W2E gasification technology but significantly improved resource efficiency and improved emissions controls. Three plants of a similar size have been operating in Korea, one since 2006 and the other 2 since 2010, satisfying stringent EPA requirements, and producing profitable synthetic fuel.

  • Waste is any material no longer useful to the person who has it, but it can be a resource that is the FEEDSTOCK or raw material for our hot pyrolysis process which refines organic waste and plastic rich garbage and biological material into hydrogen rich synthetic gas and heat, and ultimately into clean renewable electrical energy and synthetic diesel and synthetic kerosene.

  • VLE have set out to privately finance, build, own and operate a 4,000 kW per hour RENEWABLE ENERGY power plant in Samoa’s Upolu Island, generating 30 million units of renewable energy for the national grid at less than 2/3rds the cost of diesel power generation, and distilling non-fossil diesel and kerosene fuel.

  • VLE has secured a 20 year Power Producer Agreement from the Electric Power Corporation, has development consent and regulatory authority from the Samoan Government, and a long lease on 2 hectare of land near the main landfill servicing the island of Upolu (population 145,000)

Waste to Energy

W2E is where the embodied energy in waste material is used productively to make electricity. Waste is cooked in the pyrolysis process, not burned.

Renewable Energy

RE is energy from a source that is naturally replenished and does not deplete limited resources like coal, oil or natural gas.
It benefits the Samoan economy by not buying imported diesel to generate reliable electric power.

4 Megawatts

4,000 units of power every hour is about 20% of the average day time energy requirement of Upolu island (+/- 19MW) and at times will be over 60% of the lowest night time demand in Samoa.

30 GWh

30 million units of electricity is almost 40% of the power currently used by 145,000 people living on Upolu island.


Pyrolysis is the thermo-chemical deconstruction of organic matter under controlled airless conditions (no oxygen) to create synthetic gas rich in hydrogen, which is then purified (filtered and scrubbed) to be the clean fuel for our power station. No combustion of the raw material occurs as a result of the innovative means of introducing the raw material to the pyrolysis chamber.

Low emissions

The GGI Energy technology developed in Japan and proven in Korea practically eliminates all the pollutants normally associated with older W2E technologies, and is considerably cleaner than diesel generated power.

VLG will work with the existing waste collection agents to achieve a resource efficient collection that is economically, culturally and environmentally sustainable.plantA Recycling plant, or Material Reclaim Facility (MeRF) is an integral part of preparation of garbage for the process. All metal and clean reusable material with economic value will be extracted for profitable export. Glass and other inorganic clean fill would be extracted for road building and foundation fill.regrowthThe secondary regrowth in the Tafaigata VLE renewable energy plant site is exotic trees and invader vine. Several large indigenous trees has been identified for preservation.plant1

This is one of GGI Energy pyrolysis units in one of the Korean plants operating continuously since 2010

GGI Energy process is very specific in scrubbing the syngas prior to condensing and distilling it to diesel and kerosene, and harvests heat from which electricity is generated.