Scaling up a feedstock supply chain for biomass briquetting in rural Kenya

Background

Existing biomass briquetting plants in Kenya generally operate at a very small scale and are often unable to cater for large-scale industrial and consumer demand. GSSL is a private sector company that aims to establish large-scale biomass briquetting plants in strategic locations around Kenya.
 
Their business model integrates both small-scale and larger producers of agricultural waste and caters to both industrial and consumer demand for solid fuels, at a scale ensuring long-term viability.

Private sector investors and donors are funding the hardware for the pilot large-scale briquetting plant. REEEP funding will help demonstrate a replicable strategy for an effective feedstock supply chain that impacts local communities and provides green jobs

Purpose

To establish a first large-scale briquetting plant that provides a commercially viable and replicable feedstock model suited to conditions in Kenya

Main Activities

  • Undertake a Kenya-wide survey of feedstock types, their locations and quantities; select plant location
  • Design and commission installation of briquetting plant
  • Secure sufficient feedstock to run the pilot plant on a commercial basis
  • Optimise feedstock via tests to determine calorific value for pricing, calibrate briquette production
  • Develop a scale up strategy taking into account local sources of feedstock and demand for briquettes
  • Identify related feedstock producers, aggregators, community associations and integrate other rural enterprise schemes into the supply chain  
  • Assess carbon impact of the project, develop strategy to utilise carbon income and emission reductions

Expected Impact

  • Establishment of a  replicable and scalable business model for large scale briquetting in Kenya
  • Replacement of non-sustainable fuels with briquettes
  • Reduced pressure on forests: estimated 65,000 trees saved per briquetting plant
  • Creation of market for previously worthless agricultural waste
  • Integration of approx., 6000 rural low income households into the feedstock supply chain
  • Creation of employment opportunities at the plant
  • Enhanced fuel security from indigenous renewable sources
  • Release of follow on investment from commercial sources for scale up and replication of the business model

People

REEEP Team
Allan Marega's picture

Allan Marega

Managing Director, Global Supply Solutions Ltd.

Programme sector: 

Renewable Energy (RE) (Business&Finance)

Stage of project: 

Completed

Location: 

KE/Kenya

Duration: 

2013 - 2014

Budget: 

€915,000 including co-funding from Global Supply Solutions, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (REACT) and other investing partners

Implementing agency: 

Global Supply Solutions Limited

REEEP grant funded by:

Norway