The untapped potential of Africa biomass

There is significant potential for biomass power generation to supplement the energy mix and support. Speaking ahead of the pan-African power sector forum Power-Gen & Distributech Africa 2018, international power sector experts participating in the conference noted that biomass optimisation presented both challenges and opportunities in Africa. As a renewable, carbon neutral and potentially cost effective power source, biomass is being harnessed effectively around the world, with Research and Markets’ “Biomass to Power” report stating that by late 2016, there were approximately 3600 active biomass power plants around the world, with an electricity generation capacity of approximately 51 GW. Marko Nokkala, a technical director at a research company in Finland, says biomass presents good opportunities for Africa, but that few new biomass projects are actually being developed. Dr. Jens Reich, of STEAG Energy Services, says biomass’s potential is still unlocked across Africa.

Contact Leigh Angelo, ITP Communications,  Tel 011 869-9153, leigh@tradeprojects.co.za

 

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