The use of distributed gas powered engines to supply non-grid connected electricity, as well as grid connected power, is a field that is finding increasing and diverse potential across Africa.

The range of gas sources that could be used to meet some of Africa’s burgeoning power requirements is quite large and varied, ranging from traditional natural gas to landfill gas, biomass gasification, coal bed methane, gasses associated with petroleum products, underground coal gasification and off-gases from furnaces and smelters. Of course you have to have the engines that can operate as generators from such gasses, and Conan Jones, sub-Saharan Africa area sales leader for GE Gas Engines, says his group has specialised in delivering power from such varied gas sources.

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