2nd Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa,

02-03 Oct, 2018 - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel Sandton

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Tapping on Local Woody & Agricultural Resources for Power & Export!  

Biomass offers a sustainable energy source that could be the answer to Africa's escalating electricity demand and cost.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) claims there is "immense potential" for hydropower, solar and biomass in Africa, and could supply 22% of Africa's total energy consumption by 2030. Global interest is currently brewing with significant portion of FDI flowing into African renewable energy development.

While solar PV has garnered much interest, the need for a greater mix of energy sources and diversity of independent power producers, could provide efficient power supply to major cities, industries and rural electrification at greater affordability and minimal environmental impact.  And while Africa is well-endowed with woody and agricultural resources, adequate biomass resource management is necessary to have effective fuel utilization in the bioenergy value chain. 

Bioenergy in Africa would increase as policy and funding catches up to motivate project development.  From biomass co-firing, dedicated biomass-power, waste to energy, biogas and biofuels, Europe, US and Asia have strong cases and support where Africa can emulate. 

"Global interest in investing in African energy sector picking up – Minister" ~ June 2018, Creamer Media

"South African deputy minister opens Unilever's biomass boiler" ~ June 2018, African Review

"Sierra Leone News: Sunbird powers energy grid"
~ February 2018, Awoko

"10 Biomass Power Plants for Luapula"
~ December 2017, Times of Zambia

Invader bush biomass have caught the attention of both Namibia Power (local utilization) and EU's Belgian Eco Energy who will be importing through to fuel the biomass-fired power plant in the city of Ghent. While the bioenergy sector is still in its nascent state in Africa, buyers from Europe and North Asia are eagerly exploring export opportunities for wood chip and palm kernel shells (PKS) from Africa.  

Gathering all stakeholders from the regulatory, trading, project developing, technologies and financing, CMT’s 2nd Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa conference offers the platform to leap-off sustainable development of Africa biomass and bioenergy value chain.  This is a NOT TO BE MISSED event for all who are involved. 

Register NOW to attend CMT’s 2nd Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa with your team. 

Contact huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg for attractive group and early bird discounts.


Multiple Benefits to Attain Your Business Leads 
  • Maximum networking benefits over 2 days, offering vital face-to-face interaction with potential users (utilities, IPP, industrial boilers, etc)
  • Explore bioenergy project opportunities in Southern Africa, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Cameroon, etc
  • Assess the economics and motivation of biomass switch in Unilever's boiler in Maydon Wharf
  • Keep track on how the biomass to aviation fuels initiative takes off!
  • Meet the financiers & find out the options to secure funding for bioenergy projects in Africa
  • Be updated on the regulatory framework & opportunities on bioenergy projects in South Africa
  • Evaluate the availability of wood chips and PKS in Africa & export readiness
  • Assess the biomass export markets (Europe, Japan, etc) & opportunities

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) | Hawkins Wright | 
Sustainable World Energy SL | Valmet | Albioma | 
RSB – Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials
| Verdo Energy | Unilever South Africa |
National Directorate of Land & Forests, Mozambique |
South African Forestry Company SOC Limited (SAFCOL)
Department of Energy |  Montigny Investments | 
Société de Transformation de Calcaire du Cameroun (SOTRACALC)

Testimonial from Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa 2017

Good Quality Delegates
~ Prestige Thermal Energy
Very well-Executed. Highly interesting topics.
Well-structured and sourced topics.

~ Asia Resource Partner
Great networking & quality presentations.
~ Namibia Power Corporation (Pty) Ltd
It was very informative, and a good opportunity to network.
~ InterCement SA (Pty) Ltd
I thoroughly enjoyed being here, it was very well-organized with topics that link up and a lot of new information was shared. Met a lot of likeminded role players.
~ TWK Agriculture Ltd
Great conference – well-organized and well executed.
~ Africa Renewables Ltd (AfriRen)
This was indeed a very informative conference with good people having a clear message.
~ STEAG EOH Energy Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd.  


How you will Benefit from being Connected at CMT’s 2018 Biomass Series?

Since 2008, CMT’s Biomass series evolved from and into inter-regional biomass trade and supply, biomass power projects, developments in biofuels, biomass use regulations and more. The series traveled across Europe, America and Asia – from Rotterdam to Brussels to Atlanta to Seoul to Jakarta and last year to Tokyo.


Pegged as the ‘Global Biomass Buyer-Supplier Meet’ it has connected over thousands of wood pellet, wood chip and agricultural biomass (e.g. Palm Oil, etc) producers & traders, power utilities, and technology providers.


How Can You Get Connected ? 


BE AN EXHIBITOR – Showcase Your Brands/Products


BE A SPONSER – Hosting Raise your corporate profile


BE A SPEAKER – Lead & Steer Discussions


BE A DELEGATE – Networking with industry best


Find Out More

For more information and to find out how you can actively participate, please contact me on +65 6346 9113 or email me at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg

Industry News

Many manufacturers are turning to renewable power to run their factories. Bidco Africa - a producer of edible oils, soaps, and detergents - has signed an agreement with Africa Plantation Capital Management Limited for supply of bamboo to be used for power generation at its Thika factory in Kenya.
Approximately 200 tonnes of dry bamboo will be supplied daily - that will be used as a feedstock to steam up water that will spin turbines to generate electricity.
Bidco Africa already uses up to 70 per cent of its own energy generated from renewable sources.
Africa Plantation Capital Management Limited sources bamboo from its 500 acres bamboo farm as well as from contract farmers who plants the crop on 2,000 acres.
Bamboo is considered a more sustainable and renewable raw material for energy generation - that can be used to replace traditional timber.
Learn more about biomass power generation at CMT’s 2nd Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa on 02-03 October, 2018 in Johannesburg.
Contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113 for more information on the event.

25 Sep, 2018

Africa has a huge potential to become a biofuel producer. The region has over 550 million hectares of land that can be used to produce biofuel feedstocks. Miscanthus (silvergrass), palm oil, jatropha plants, and biomass, are some of the many raw materials in Africa that can be used by refiners to produce biofuel.
The region already made history in use of biofuels in aviation in 2016, when South African Airways (SAA) and its subsidiary Mango flew the first-ever flight in Africa fuelled by biofuel made from tobacco plants. The Boeing 737-800s flew from OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg and over Cape Town.
Now the Boeing Company is keen to produce aviation biofuel using local resources in Africa. This year, the company announced a collaboration with South African government, South African Airways (SAA), the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and U.S. energy firm SKYNRG, to identify biofuel feedstocks in Africa.
Apart from Boeing, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has also signed an MoU with the Ethiopian Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum, and Natural Gas for collaboration on biofuel research and development.
Africa can unleash its biofuels sector potential - at a time when refineries around the world are looking at sustainable fuels for the aviation sector. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) forecasts that fuel consumption for international aviation could run as high as 850 million tons by 2050, suggesting a requirement for 425 million tons of biofuel that can help achieve targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, biofuel production is limited – that represents less than 0.1 percent of the global total consumption of all types of jet fuel.   
Currently, the U.S., Europe, and Brazil, produce 150 billion liters of biofuel annually.
More about biofuels production in Africa will be discussed at CMT’s 2nd Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa on 02-03 October, 2018 in Johannesburg.
Contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113 for more information on the event.

15 Aug, 2018

South Africa has a lot of wood, pulp and paper wastes that end up in landfills or are burnt, stockpiled and dumped into oceans. The country is already facing a huge challenge in waste management due to lack of landfill space. To address the situation, the South African government has recently launched a Biorefinery Industry Development Facility (BIDF) in Durban.
The facility will cost R37.5 million and will be the first of its kind in South Africa. The facility will extract maximum value from biomass waste while also supporting innovation in a range of industries, including forestry, agro processing and other biomass-based industries.
The facility will explore ways to extract high-value speciality chemicals wastes such as sawmill and dust shavings, while mill sludge can be converted into nanocrystalline cellulose, biopolymers and biogas.
More about biogas and biomass power in Africa will be discussed at CMT’s 2nd Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa on 02-03 October, 2018 in Johannesburg.
Contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113 for more information on the event.

28 May, 2018