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Subsidy for innovative renewable energy projects – with export potential

From the 1st of July a funding program is open for innovative renewable energy projects. It’s aimed at supporting Dutch entrepreneurs who intend to demonstrate a new renewable energy service or product. Applicants have to present a solid business case and show a potentially high contribution to a sustainable energy system. The product or service has to be passed the prototype stage and be ready for first market introduction.


The budget of the call for proposals is 20 million euro, and will be granted in a tender. Proposals are ranked on basis of quality and receive a subsidy in order of this ranking until the budget is fully allocated. Financing of the applicant’s share needs to be demonstrably arranged at the time of submission. Considered eligible  activities are experimental development (max. 30% of a project) and  demonstration (min. 70%).

Example projects

Examples of projects that are considered eligible are coming from Dutch companies producing new equipment / technologies for converting biomass to electricity / heat, for example biogas digesters (small/medium/large), waste-to-energy installations, pyrolysis installations, biomass gasification or other renewable energy innovations.

Important dates

Project proposals can be submitted from July 1st. The DEI call for proposals closes on October 24th 2017.

  • For more information please contact

Thomas Dietz t.dietz@partnersforinnovation.com

Elke Roetman  e.roetman@partnersforinnovation.com

Market opportunities for biogas in Mozambique

Partners for Innovation has carried out a field study for SNV, in order to assess the market opportunities for the application of biogas in Mozambique. The research focused specifically on sanitation and the agri-food sector.

Reasonably strong potential

The main findings are:

The technical potential of applying biogas in Mozambique is reasonable to good in all sectors, except for small households. We see the biggest potential in:

  • agri-food companies
  • large-scale local or municipal sanitation systems
  • sanitation facilities in schools, hospitals and prisons

Not much experience

However, at this moment in Mozambique there is not enough:

  • experience with commercial biogas installations. Although there are some donor financed initiatives, only a few of them are operational.
  • policy aimed at encouraging biogas application
  • knowledge and experience from research institutes and businesses.

Growing interest

And yet the interest for biogas has really taken off. The government, the private sector, donors and knowledge institutes all show an increased attention. If we consider the growing population, urbanisation and the growing agri-food business, we think the potential can only get bigger. The vital fields where opportunities lie are design and construction of installations, services, maintenance and energy supply to industrial companies.

Read all recommendations of the report in the summary-report-mozambique

Contact Emiel Hanekamp e.hanekamp@partnersforinnovation.com



Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference, Addis Ababa

On 7 April 2016, Emiel Hanekamp will give a presentation about: ‘synthesis of business models for alternative biomass cooking fuels’, at the Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

The conference has three specific objectives:

  • To share knowledge on maximising the benefits of biodigesters (use of biogas and application of bioslurry), and other clean cooking solutions;
  • To offer opportunities to become involved in market development programmes as a policy maker, donor organisation or investor;
  • To improve implementation practice and speeding up market and sector development for biodigesters and other clean cooking solutions.

The conference includes one day of field visits to biodigester households, construction companies, bioslurry application sites, improved cook stoves producers and appliance producers. The conference will be conducted from Tuesday April 5 to Thursday April 7, 2016. It is open to all interested stakeholders.

More info:

  • Date: April 5-7, 2016
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Questions? Contact Emiel Hanekamp

Ecotourism in Northern Uganda

This October, Thomas Dietz visited Northern Uganda for a project on sustainable ecotourism. In this project Partners for Innovation investigates and develops green solutions for lodges and hotels together with  SNV. The project focuses on lodges and hotels located in and around the wildlife reserves. The goal of the project is to stimulate sustainable and inclusive growth for tourism in Uganda.


The conducted research has set the baseline for the energy-, waste-, and water streams at the lodges and hotels. Consequently, the baseline will be used to investigate green innovative solutions to enhance the sustainability of the abovementioned streams.

Cooking fuels in Uganda

After finalizing the research on ecotourism in Northern-Uganda, Thomas visited several companies that are active in producing sustainable cooking fuels from biomass (briquettes, pellets, ethanol). These contacts and information will be used for our project for the World Bank focused on the stimulation of alternative cooking fuels.


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Biogas in Mozambique

In May, Partners for Innovation started a biogas sector study for SNV in Mozambique. Objective of the study is to research, explore and validate the market potential and relevant business models for biogas in Mozambique. This includes biogas from sanitation of private households, from shared toilet facilities (at community and street level) and from institutions such as hospitals and schools.  The opportunities from industrial waste to energy (from abattoirs, agri and food sector) will also be examined.

The study will approximately take three months.

More info:


Eric Buysman

Associated Expert

Eric is a renewable energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation and carbon finance specialist with field experience in South and South East Asia, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Georgia.

“Eric is a dedicated professional with a keen interest in poverty alleviation, GHG mitigation and renewable energy solutions.”

Renewable Energy Production and Utilization | Biodigester Design and Construction | Carbon Project Development | Project Appraisal and Policy Studies

Eric has executed various technical feasibility and baseline studies for renewable energy, in particular on the use of biogas and biomass at household and farm level. Eric was team leader of the GHG mitigation assessment of the non-energy sector (agriculture, land use change and forestry) for the preparation of the Cambodian Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Environmental Technology (University of Wageningen), Technology and Development (University of Eindhoven)

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Biogas in Ghana

In October 2014, Emiel Hanekamp (Partners for Innovation) and associated expert Julius Ahiekpor from the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (CEESD), presented the results of the feasibility study for the implementation of 200 institutional biogas plants to stakeholders in Accra in Ghana.

The main conclusions of the study are:

  1. Institutional biogas in Ghana is technically and economically feasible and offers many environmental, and social benefits.
  2. There is a lot of interest from all stakeholders (including market) for a programmatic approach.

The final report will be published early 2015.

More info:

Stakeholder Workshop Institutional Biogas Ghana

On 27 August, Emiel Hanekamp gave a presentation about the feasibility study on institutional biogas in Ghana. The workshop was attended by 30 key stakeholders from government institutes, NGO’s, private enterprises and research institutes in Ghana.

Research partner Julius Ahiekpor (bioenergy expert, lecturer Kumasi Polytechnik and director CEESD) presented the preliminary findings of the feasibility study:

Preliminary findings of the feasibility study:

  1. Biogas systems are technically feasible but securing long term sustainability is important
  2. Institutional biogas systems seem economically viable
  3. Social and cultural challenges do exists but do not seem to be a show stopper
  4. Well-functioning biogas systems have several positive environmental impacts
  5. Investment costs for biogas systems prevent increased uptake by public institutions
  6. An interdepartmental approach (policies and enforcement), targeting sanitation, energy and agriculture, is needed to make institutional biogas a success.

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