Webinar: Key trends in commercial bioenergy development in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Bioenergy for Sustainable local energy services and Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) programme, a constituent programme of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme is holding a webinar on ‘Key trends in commercial bioenergy development in Sub-Saharan Africa‘ on 27 May 2020 from 11am–12 pm (BST).

About the BSEAA programme

BSEAA is a two-year research programme with an objective to identify and support the development of innovative, commercial bioenergy pathways and technologies that will accelerate the successful production and use of bioenergy in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) with a focus on ten countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The research component is led by Mirjam Röder, Systems Topic Group within the Supergen Bioenergy Hub.

The research focus is on identifying and investigating commercially viable opportunities for the development of anaerobic digestion (AD) and combustion technologies for electricity and/or heat generation in the output range 10 kWe to 5 MWe, with a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 5+.

BSEAA is targeted at bioenergy entrepreneurs (particularly technology and project developers), investors and policymakers, to catalyse action for bioenergy development in SSA.

About the webinar

At this stage of the research, the BSEAA2 team has undertaken a comprehensive mapping and top-down scoping of bioenergy projects across a long list of bioenergy value chains (pathways) in the target countries with an aim to determine the most promising pathways and countries for further in-depth investigation undertaken from May 2020 to March 2021.  This investigation involved an assessment of biomass resources, status of technological development, economic potential, applicable business models and institutional frameworks linked to the most promising bioenergy pathways in the ten target countries.

This webinar aims to share key findings and insights generated from this top-down scoping exercise to provide practitioners, investors, researchers and other interested stakeholder groups latest information on the key trends, insights and potential opportunities for bioenergy uptake and development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

About the TEA programme

The Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme is supporting the development of innovative technologies, business models, partnerships and skills that will accelerate access to affordable, clean energy services for households and enterprises in developing countries. UK aid is providing up to £100 million ($130 million) through the TEA programme until 2024. To date the programme has already helped people and businesses across Africa cut 627 000 tonnes of carbon emissions, created 54 000 sustainable long-term jobs, placed 145 new graduates in work in the off-grid energy sector and improved the lives of 5.2 million low-income people. It has also leveraged £292 million worth of investment in clean energy from the public and private sectors.

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This programme is funded with UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies. BSEAA2 is delivered by a consortium of partners including LTS International, Aston University, E4tech and Aiguasol. You can learn more about the programme here.  Keep updated on important notifications and discussions related to this project, via LinkedIn.

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