On 30 October, a stakeholder meeting (Indaba) on the valorisation of biomass in South Africa took place at the Sasol head office in Sandton. This meeting is part of a large-scale initiative of Partners for Innovation and iLive Sustainable Development to valorise solid biomass waste streams with a consortium of Dutch and South-African companies and with support from the Dutch government.
The short-term goal of the initiative is to draw up a profitable business plan for large-scale production of wood pellets in two mothballed pellet plants. The raw materials used in the pellet factories include sawdust, garden waste and Alien Invasive Species clearing.
By setting up this commercial initiative, we expect to create more than 220 direct jobs, generate more than 750MWth of renewable energy and realize a reduction of 200,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
The long-term goal is to identify and valorise as many other solid biomass streams in South Africa as possible.
Do you want to know more about this biomass initiative in South Africa? Contact Emiel Hanekamp.