Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest capacity of bio-energy warehouses to meet the growing demand for modern energy services.
Real-life investments can improve agricultural productivity, streamline energy supply, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce deforestation, supply chain economic activity, provide social benefits, and develop low-income communities in Africa.
However, there is still a general lack of understanding of the requirements and opportunities for commercial bio-energy development in Africa with low success rates and bio-energy development.
In response to these challenges, NIRAS-LTS, Aston University, Aiguasol and E4tech will work together to develop a series of technical reports, policy summaries, techno-economic resources and databases to promote investors, developers and policymakers in Africa’s energy development. This project is supported by the UK through the Transformation Energy Access Program.
Register here to join the BSEAA2 project online event, recognizing its energy potential to support energy challenges in ASAS on September 22, 2021.
Overview of Bio Energy Research
The study focused on anaerobic digestion (AD) and the potential for electricity and / or heat generation in the 10 to 5 MW range.
To identify the most promising opportunities for further research, the project began by identifying, analyzing, and refining various bio-energy ‘pathways’. Seven priority areas of interest have been nominated in five countries.
These sectors have been explored in more detail to examine the experience of adopting and not developing bio-energy technologies. Sahara Africa.
The team has developed a variety of research reports, tools, databases and policy briefs to promote developers, investors and policymakers in the region. You can download all these research products from the NIRAS-LTS website here. These include:
- A comprehensive summary report and seven general technical reports on bio-energy opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa’s promising sectors (cement production, tea processing, wood processing, palm oil processing, horticulture, dairy processing, salinity processing).
- Seven accompanying policy statements outlining the appropriate regulatory and market conditions and necessary measures for sub-Saharan Africa’s large-scale commercial power generation (cement production, tea processing, wood processing, palm oil processing, horticulture, dairy processing, and salinity).
- Considering bio-energy investment in Africa, a proven economic life cycle cost (LCC) tool and mass energy balance (MEB) model to inform entrepreneurs and financial and economic potential.
- Database of well-known technology providers and manufacturers who have developed or supported projects in the countries targeted by BSEAA2.
- Database of bio energy projects in 10 sub-Saharan African countries
- Report on prospects for commercial biomass gas in sub-Saharan Africa
Comments from industry stakeholders
Fariah Rohail – Project Manager at WASE, UK “I found the LCC Tool Kit to be very consistent with our work at WASE. If adopted, I believe the tool will show our cost-benefit analysis system beautifully. It provides our customers with their basic issues with the Industrial Waste issue, and finally helps them see the additional benefits that Industrial Wasse offers.
Dr. EO Diemuodeke – Faculty of Engineering and AST. “The BSEAA2 toolbox is strong and up-to-date. The MSC Energy Access and Renewable Energy Technology Program at the University of Harcourt University in Nigeria will be a true tool for teaching case studies to our MSC students.
Sign up over here To join the BSEAA2 project, the last online event, ‘Understanding the Energy Efficiency to Reserve Energy Challenges in SSA’, September 22, 2021.