Bio-energy for Sustainable local energy services and Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA)

This project investigates how to improve the effectiveness and commercial viability of bioenergy technology in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) project is one of the constituent programmes of TEA which investigates how to improve the effectiveness and commercial viability of bioenergy technology in Sub-Saharan Africa.  BSEAA Phase 2 consists of an academic research and a technology innovation project.  Phase 1 of the BSEAA programme ran for 12 months, (until September 2017) and is now completed. It consisted of scoping research that investigated the realities of bioenergy technology in a number of target countries across SSA, with a specific focus on commercial and industrial applications (i.e. productive use). The scoping phase also included a broad investigation of the challenges and opportunities affecting the adoption and roll out of bioenergy technology across SSA narrowing down to the following target countries:

East Africa

West Africa

Southern Africa

-   Ethiopia

-   Kenya

-   Tanzania

-   Rwanda

-   Uganda

-   Ghana

-   Nigeria

-   Mozambique

-   South Africa

-   Zambia

 

The Phase 1 output documents are as follows:

 
The follow-up projects are listed below:

Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa Research Call

Based on the outcomes of phase 1, a number of specific areas of research to be further investigated were identified with a focus on two priority technologies (i.e. anaerobic digestion, and gasification). These technologies will be of primary focus within the research call stage, although other technologies and heat only applications may also be considered. Topics for further research which could help to expand bio-energy markets in SSA and provide support for project developers and policy makers alike across the continent will include:

  1. Economic and financial viability of various bioenergy options and related business models focusing on cost reduction, technology adaptation and effectiveness principles;
  2. Technical feasibility of various bioenergy options focusing on a range of criteria, such as: Resource and feedstock availability (including novel feedstocks such as CAM plants), energy conversion rates and output compared to other energy sources, potential for performance improvement options/customisation and suitability to other specific social and environmental factors to ensure overall sustainability;
  3. Supplier/support and maintenance networks and capacity of local and regional value chain to support bioenergy technology deployment;
  4. Suitability of pre-determined bioenergy technologies to specific purposes and business models in various contexts
  5. Policy, regulatory and market factors (i.e. incentives and barriers) that could promote or hinder the successful adoption and expansion of bioenergy technologies in target countries.


For more specific information please contact Antoinette Gous on Antoinette.Gous@carbontrust.com.

 

Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa Technology Call

Complementary to the research call, this component will seek to further investigate and support innovative bioenergy technologies which have applicability and opportunity to open up markets within Sub-Saharan Africa.

Interview: UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018

Angus Vantoch-Wood, TEA Programme Manager and lead for the Bio-energy for Sustainable local energy services and Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) project attended the UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018. In the interview Angus explains about the scope of the project to the Biogas Channel.  

For more information please contact TEA@CarbonTrust.com

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