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Big day for bioenergy in Africa, research and toolkits

Sub-Saharan Africa has a huge variety of bioenergy feedstocks with an enormous potential to meet Africa’s burgeoning demand for modern energy services.

The right bioenergy investments could improve agricultural productivity, localise energy supply, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce deforestation, generate supply chain economic activities, deliver social benefits, and empower low-income communities in Africa.

However, commercial bioenergy development in Africa has been extremely constrained with a low success rate and a comprehensive understanding of the requirements and opportunities for catalysing bioenergy development is still largely missing.

In response to these challenges, NIRAS-LTS, Aston University, Aiguasol and E4tech came together to develop a series of technical reports, policy briefs, techno-economic toolkits and databases to assist investors, developers and policymakers to advance bioenergy development in Africa. This project is supported by UK aid via the Transforming Energy Access Programme.

Register here to join the BSEAA2 project’s final online event ‘Realising bioenergy’s potential to help address energy challenges in SSA’ on 22 September 2021.

Bioenergy research overview

The research focused on opportunities for anaerobic digestion (AD) and combustion for electricity and/or heat generation in the range 10kW to 5MW.

The project began with the identification, analysis and screening of a range of bioenergy ‘pathways’, to identify the most promising opportunities for further investigation. Seven priority demand sectors in five countries were shortlisted.

Seven priority demand sectors in five countries were shortlisted.

These sectors were investigated in more detail to explore the experiences of both adopters and non-adopters of bioenergy technologies in order to lead to an improved understanding of the commercial, economic and institutional requirements and opportunities for scaling up generation and application of bioenergy in sub-Saharan Africa.

The team has developed a range of research reports, tools, databases and policy briefs to guide developers, investors and policymakers to advance bioenergy development in the region. All of these research products can be downloaded from NIRAS-LTS’s website here. These include:

Feedback from industry stakeholders

Faryal Rohail – Project Manager at WASE, UK, said: “I found the LCC toolkit highly aligned with our work at WASE. If adopted, I believe that the tool will beautifully illustrate the cost-benefit analysis of our industriWASE system. It’ll present our clients with their base case versus the industriWASE case, eventually helping them see the added benefits that industriWASE offers.” 

Dr E.O. Diemuodeke – Faculty of Engineering and Asst. Director of Offshore Technology Institute, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, said: “The developed BSEAA2 toolbox is robust and timely; it would be a veritable tool to teach our MSc students case studies, particularly in the Bioenergy Conversion Technology course, in the MSc Energy Access and Renewable Energy Technology programme at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.” 


Register here to join the BSEAA2 project’s final online event ‘Realising bioenergy’s potential to help address energy challenges in SSA’ on 22 September 2021.

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