Thursday, December 15, 2011

Oppurtunity in renewable energy from biomass-South Africa

In essence this project strives to eradicate vegetation that has a negative impact on farm land productivity through the conversion of identified plant species in to marketable secondary products. In response to the identified demand the following potential secondary products have been identified, but not limited to these:
Source of energy - Biomass
Bedding for both horses and poultry
Charcoal bricks for the local market, as well as exportation to Botswana
Potential manufacturing of animal feed
Compost production

NB. The purpose of this case is to mobilize the farmers, who are farming in the vicinity of Afrisam, to participate in the supply of invader species to be utilized as an energy source. NCEDA is co-funding the feasibility study in partnership with Afrisam. This must be seen as a BEE initiative to encourage the farmers to harvest the invader species on their farms and contribute to the energy generation in Afrisam plant.

Ownership of the land

Farmers who are in the radius of 15 kilometers from Afrisam Cement operation.

Current status of the project

The following deliverable/s were achieved
First trial – June 2011

The following deliverables are still to be achieved:
Second trial – March 2012
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) – End of 2012
Business plan- End of 2011
Implementation – 2013

Preferred partnership model:

Joint Venture – Proposed partnership between the commercial farmers and SMME’s to supply invader species to Afrisam in the form of coal..

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