Bio2Watt is a young South-African company that sets up biogas projects in which waste from the agricultural and cattle sector and other organic waste is used for energy production. Founder Sean Thomas is convinced that creating sustainable biomass chains is a prerequisite for successful business management.
Dutch Global Sustainable Biomass Fund
Partners for Innovation has assisted Sean Thomas in obtaining a grant from the Dutch Global Sustainable Biomass Fund to reach this goal and will develop and execute a sustainability analysis for the project.
The Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant is producing, since October 2015, 4,6 MW power for the BMW Rosslyn factory and into the national grid. Bio2Watt is an independent commercial enterprise with an initial life cycle of 20 years, it will contribute to diversifying the South African energy mix away from coal. The project has resulted in the creation of long-term direct and indirect employment in peri-urban South Africa, which currently experiences high levels of unemployment.
Construction of the 4MW biogas power plant in Bronkhorstspruit has started. The Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Power Plant Pty Ltd is a South-African independent power producer (IPP), formed by Bio2Watt. About 40,000 tonnes a year of cattle manure and a further 20,000 tonnes of mixed organic waste will be fed into two anaerobic digesters that will produce the biogas feedstock for a combined heat and power application. The electricity produced will be used by a large automobile manufacturer for its plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria.
The biogas power plant will be located on the premises of Beefcor, a cattle farm in Bronkhorstspruit located 45 kilometers east of Pretoria. Beefcor is one of the biggest cattle farms in South Africa with 20,000 head of cattle. Bio2Watt has attracted significant co-funding from the Industrial Development Corporation and other foreign and domestic investors.
Partners for Innovation has been involved in the Bronkhorstspruit biogas project since 2009. For the technical development of the project we wrote the grant application for a grant from The Global Sustainable Biomass Fund from RVO (formerly known as NL Agency). Part of the project was also to assess and secure the sustainable development of the project. In addition we assisted Bio2Watt with other fund applications, including CDM funding, and we provided monitoring and reporting assistance.
Partners for Innovation has become a member of the Southern African Alternative Energy Association (SAAEA).
The SAAEA actively promotes renewable alternative energy solutions in southern Africa. SAAEA represents the entire alternative energy industry: wind, solar, biomass, biogas, bio fuels, green products, energy saving, alternative energy, energy from waste and fuel cell technologies.
Emiel Hanekamp: “As a member of SAAEA we are able to inform our clients on the latest developments in South-Africa on renewable energy solutions. And we can more easily link Dutch and South-African organisations.”
For the South African biogas developer Bio2Watt, Partners for Innovation develops CDM carbon credits for the 3MWe biogas plant at Bronkhorstspruit. Part of the assignment is the establishment and support of the mandatory stakeholder consultation.
The Project Idea Note (PIN) was published on October 20, 2011; one month later, the South African Designated National Authority (DNA) issued a Letter of No Objection.