Over half of the world’s population do not have access to clean sustainable energy, such as an electrical grid connection or a clean cooking heating solutions. To achieve SDG goal 7 “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, the world needs to find innovative ways to provide energy!
Biomass is a natural resource, and has been used for many centuries in developing countries. However the way it is used for many heating applications is now outdated. The heating devices and combustion techniques have low efficiencies and are very polluting affecting the environment, and causing health issues.
Overuse of local natural biomass resources is pressurising availability of the resource and driving up biomass fuel costs. The cost of the energy used by most of these households is too high and is perpetuating energy poverty!
Switching to fossil fuels is not a long term solution, and finding sustainable biomass solutions are key to long term success.
Renewable energy resources used to cook, and heat with that are inclusive and affordable are key to long term sustainability.
Balancing consumption and production of biomass is vital to the sustainability of energy for heating in these markets. We believe that identifying waste biomass resources, and the local expertise and infra-structure to convert this waste into affordable energy will create circular sustainable energy value chains.
In most cases currently used biomass fuels are being harvested from natural forest resources, and demand is outstripping natures ability to replenish these resources.
Most charcoal operations use virgin wood for raw material. This practice and using firewood in open fires is not sustainable, and existing fuel supply chains are under threat of supply shortages and unsustainable harvesting. Population growth, migration and urbanisation is creating additional consumption pressures.
Biomass pellets can be produced from various waste resources from commercial timber operations as well as agro-processing waste. Once dried, milled and compressed, these pellets can be used for many heating applications at a very affordable price. Pellets have a high calorific value compared to harvested wood, and can be burned efficiently in both domestic and commercial heating applications.
By reprocessing biomass waste, in field burning and landfill dumping is avoided. Biomass fuel chains for chopped firewood and charcoal exist in the African market today, but one for biomass pellets does not. By establishing a new value chain for pellets, previously unusable biomass is utilised, and a clean and green fuel can be introduced into the market. Biomass pellets can compete effectively with firewood and charcoal.
Sustainable consumption and production of biomass pellets will promote resource and energy efficiency, sustainable manufacturing infrastructure, and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. It will help to achieve local manufacturing capability, reduce environmental and social costs of pollution from open fires, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.
It is our belief that by creating local ownership, with local knowledge, will revolutionise biomass energy value chains, and create localised biomass pellet making capability making cooking fuel affordable and always available.
The combination of a local value chain producing an affordable biomass fuel, and clean combustion appliances will not only deliver on the promise of SDG Goal 7: – Affordable sustainable energy, but also ensure that SDG Goal 12 of Responsible Consumption and Production can be achieved and that local circular economies for cooking and heating can be implemented with low carbon emissions.
Our strategy is to empower local entrepreneurs through a franchised biomass fuel manufacturing and distribution model to;
- Identify local biomass waste resources to be recycled for heating fuel
- Convert the waste into pellets with our containerised pellet plants
- Use the pellet fuel for clean energy applications that replace the use of raw wood, charcoal and fossil fuel
Each local franchise will be capable of building a cooking/heating fuel market where 3 elements will drive market growth; the conversion of biomass waste into fuel pellets, the distribution of gasifier stove appliances and pellet cooking fuel.
New biomass fuel markets will be established, and will create significant impacts within the local population. It will clean up the air by reducing waste and utilising waste in an efficient way! The bio-char by-product can also be “bought back” and used for other purposes such as soil enrichment and commercial heating.