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Fact! The burning of fossil fuels in the power generation and transport industries delivers an emissions profile that is widely recognised to be a major contributor towards rising levels of environmental pollution. The wider use of renewables to offset this challenge is therefore of growing importance ........ especially in Africa. Biomass feedstock can be sourced in both rural and urban areas - using organic material presently going to waste or landfill sites - while marginal land can be used to cultivate dedicated energy crops and provide sustainable employment critical to the upliftment of local economies. The South African government implicitly recognises the urgency of the situation in a draft document they have tabled......... outlining a Low Emission Development Strategy 2050. More recently, the IEA has released a roadmap charting a course for Global Energy to reach Net Zero by 2050.

Fact! As a matter of urgency we are obliged to move towards a more energy-sustainable regime and limit our reliance on fossil fuel as the sole supplier of energy to regional grids. The promotion of renewable energy and wider encouragement of Independent Power Providers (IPP's) pursuing energy efficiency in more holistic and inclusive ways will ensure the slide towards environmental degradation is halted. Providing cleaner energy as an infrastructural imperative will also contribute directly towards improving health benefits among both our rural and rapidly growing urban communities............. by offering a resource-efficient alternative to the use of wood and coal for primary heating and cooking domestic purposes. The South African government has issued a document outlining a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to raise the profile of this phenomenon and promote a wider discussion.

Fact! We are a water scarce region. With growing populations and rising standards of living, Southern Africa is destined to make greater and greater demands on a diminishing resource. Generating electricity without placing added pressure on this resource will be of significant importance. For this reason we are also closely associated with the introduction of leading ADsorption chiller technology to the local market - targeting applications across markets in general industry, energy and the HVAC related sector of the built environment. As a water demand management tool, the simplicity of ADsorption chilling has no equal - offering modular, scalable and cost-effective cooling energy solutions to any client with a steam/hot water supplied application - and thereby reducing water-use figures substantially.

Life beyond fossil fuel ........................ why green power is an opportunity Africa can't miss

The power grid across sub-saharan Africa is under severe pressure with outages and load shedding commonplace. National growth prospects are being negatively affected in many economies by these energy constraints and the socio-economic deprivation they bring about. An environmentally compliant solution that will alleviate this pressure point, while beneficiating local biomass and mineral resources ......... and uplifting local communities with sustainable jobs, is the only way forward.

Operating as an IPP in the renewable energy space BossEnergy has a full range of EPC skills - along with the drive and commitment to achieve this goal..............using our local - internationally acclaimed - version of the classic Imbert Downdraft Gasifier to deliver technology-appropriate solutions............tailored to meet the specific socio-economic, environmental and climate-related imperatives of our region.

Biomass supplied Power Generation
  • All forms of agri-residue can provide tri-gen power, using the biomass gasification process

  • Less than 50% of any commercial timber plantation is recovered, the balance is left in the field or as sawmill residue

  • Around 15% of any sugar cane crop is left in the field as trash...............as with bagasse this is an excellent biomass feedstock

  • Location-specific agri-processors such as the Pineapple industry in the Eastern Cape and the fruit processing industry around Ceres in the Western Cape can support multiple Municipal and Industrial clients seeking baseload green energy solutions across both Provinces

  • Urban areas supply large quantities of biomass..............presently being underutilised or dumped

  • Sub-Saharan Africa has significant underutilised agricultural potential, dedicated energy crops can provide a sustainable income stream

  • Power can be generated wherever there is access to biomass feedstock

  • High-dispatchability baseload generation profile..............far superior to that of intermittent suppliers like Solar and Wind

  • We celebrate the contribution of Big Wind and Big Solar, but there is only one leader in Renewable Energy.............Big Biomass, as researched by the World Bioenergy Association

Distributed Generation
  • This is electricity generation which is connected to the local distribution network rather than the high voltage transmission network

  • Ideal for smaller off-grid installations from 2MW to 20MW that rely on renewable inputs for feedstock.........and provide up to 20 jobs per MW

  • Units are ideally sited close to a primary consumer with the surplus power being fed back into the local grid

  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants, like biomass supplied Gasifiers, can meet both electrical and thermal energy requirements

  • Thermal energy can not only off-set the electrical energy presently used for hot water and space heating..........but do so at 50% of the cost

  • Metros and Municipalities can secure future revenue streams from energy supply...............WE SUPPLY ELECTRICITY AT A DISCOUNT TO ESKOM PARITY TARIFFS

  • Our technology promotes enterprise clusters in township communities..........along with meeting aspirations for speedy, affordable service delivery

  • Embedded generation plants deliver significant efficiencies per unit of energy produced..............while providing grid relief for the national utility

  • The positive role that DERs (Distributed Energy Resources) can play in the success of any proposed Utility of the Future is now being recognised across the Global Energy Sector

  • The International Energy Agency views the need for energy efficiency policies among all governments as a matter for urgent attention and clearly identifies the wider use of renewables as a critical step towards managing the energy flexibility every nation needs in order to secure economic growth into the future

Gasification based Embedded Generation has the following advantages

It increases energy efficiency by optimising resources
  • Boosts fuel conversion efficiency and the use of biomass resources

  • Reduces transmission losses by serving local clients

  • Modular nature of the technology allows capacity to be added as required

  • Provides a cost-effective and reliable source of tri-gen power............electricity, hot water, steam, space heating, chillers

  • Drying timber by using dehumidification kilns coupled with ADsorption chillers reduces water demand............and extracts every last kWh from your biomass resource

  • Piped CO2, syngas and water can also be supplied along with thermal energy to tunnel farms in the area ............boosting product yields and profitability significantly

  • Our gasifiers generate electricity............ WITHOUT USING WATER

It contributes to ensuring security of supply
  • Agri-residue beneficiation adds sustainable - baseload - capacity to the national electricity base

  • Brings this capacity online in a significantly reduced time-frame

  • Increases reliability and quality of supply to the end user

  • Customer service is superior compared to the centralised production model

  • Speedy roll out of projects can ease peak demand requirements and contribute towards grid alleviation nationally

  • Perfectly suited for servicing the rollout of charging stations to meet the needs of a rapidly growing Electric Vehicle market

It is a vehicle for promoting private sector participation in power generation
  • Private sector resources can be mobilised to fund and operate the plants.........sourcing local partners is a core component of our business model, including the use of tax efficient routes by facilitating Section 12B compliant ventures

  • For the next 2 years - from March 2023 - renewable energy project investors will benefit from a 125% Tax Rebate........ 'with no thresholds on generation capacity'

  • Sustainable jobs throughout the value chain..............feedstock preparation, generation, maintenance and support

  • Industries embracing renewable energy as part of their brand will benefit from the 'halo' effect...............while future-proofing their energy supply

  • With an 80% local content score, gasifier technology enables qualifying projects to claim a significant portion of CAPEX requirements - under the Section 12I Tax Allowance Incentive program from the Dti

  • Further revenue opportunities will accrue as the Carbon Tax initiatives introduced by the National Treasury are extended - allowing large carbon emitters to mitigate their exposure to this overhead via off-set agreements with renewable energy generators.

It reduces the environmental impact of energy production
  • Future environmental liabilities associated with fossil fuel use are mitigated

  • Pro-actively assists clients in managing the carbon footprint of their operations

  • Clean burning gasification reduces the production of greenhouse gases to a minimum

  • Local input and technology reduces the carbon footprint of the construction envelope

  • Process of overcoming Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) hurdles is streamlined

  • Health benefits will accrue to communities as they move away from using wood/coal as a primary fuel for cooking and heating


The benefits of using Gasification Technology are significant
  • State-of-the-art gasification technology ...............a carbon-neutral process with proven world class qualities

  • Environmentally compliant operation, minimal environmental impact...............worker and community health and food security benefits accrue

  • NO WATER REQUIRED to generate electricity..............an important advantage in a drought prone region

  • Distributed Generation..............plants can be sited where energy is required and managed independently of the national grid

  • BASELOAD ENERGY SUPPLY..............startup/shutdown procedures take around 20 minutes, units easily re-configured to follow any demand pattern

  • CHP qualities of the technology raise plant efficiency to over 80% ..............ideal for kiln type applications, district heating and tunnel/fish farming operations

  • A dedicated syngas supply can replace LPG requirements..............by re-configuring existing burners to use syngas, exposure to gas imports and supply constraints/price fluctuations is avoided

  • ADsorption Chillers can offer significant cost savings......low energy, low maintenance with a non-toxic refrigeration process - 1 to 3000RT capacity

  • Employment creation..............multiple sustainable jobs for every MW generated - downstream industries act as a jobs multiplier and provide an optimal partner for promoting the Agroecology agenda now gaining momentum in Europe and globally

  • Green Enterprise Zones...............our EaaS (Energy as a Service) model is a community-inclusive approach and ensures that facilities are made available to local entrepreneurs/ SMME's wherever the plants are sited. These Zones provide ideal opportunities to boost local economies by facilitating Section 12B compliant ventures.

  • Project lead times are measured in months rather than years........Africa's tool to meet the Energy Trilemma challenge for communities

  • Perfect solution to supplying sustainable and cost efficient tri-gen power - electrical, thermal and cooling - for large scale Social Housing Developments, Shopping Malls, Hospitals, Enterprise Zones, Server Farms or even rolling out the network of Charge Points required to service a burgeoning Electric Vehicle market

  • Qualifying projects can benefit from Carbon Tax policies now in place, allowing them to generate revenue from carbon-emitter clients seeking to mitigate exposure to the growing range of pollution-restricting legislation

  • Enquiries from sub-saharan Africa welcomed...............eSwatini, Mozambique and all SADC countries qualify for IDC funding


  • These images of a simple gasifier in the village of Melani, Eastern Cape, illustrate the contribution this technology can make towards the upliftment of communities in a sustainable and commercially viable way. Sited near a working sawmill and staffed entirely by locals, the 150kVA plant uses mill off-cuts as feedstock and supplies power to a compact bakery alongside - selling bread to the community.

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  • A state-of-the-art 450Nm3 gasifier built for a client in the Gauteng area. Entirely self-sufficient, this unit is mounted on a 12m container chassis and can be mobile-mounted or sited, erected and commissioned in days to meet a 250kVA electrical load or a 3GJ/hr thermal demand - using locally sourced biomass. Steam, hot water, space heating or even a 200TR cooling load with an integrated ADsorption chiller - this versatile technology can offer an embedded, off-grid solution and provide a sustainable baseload energy supply to underpin local economic activity wherever biomass feedstock is available.........making power outages or loadshedding a distant memory.

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