Feedback needed for project looking at commercial viability of bioenergy systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

23 July 2019

The Bioenergy for Sustainable Local Energy Services and Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) programme – part of the UK Department for International Development’s Transforming Energy Access programme – is targeted at bioenergy entrepreneurs, particularly technology and project developers, as well as investors and policy makers, to examine the commercial viability of bioenergy systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The research is designed to lead to the development of practical resources and tools that will assist industry and investors to assess the feasibility, use and applications of bioenergy systems. The research will focus on commercially trialled and mature bioenergy technologies (technology readiness level 5+) in the small-to-medium scale range suitable for commercial and productive uses of energy.

Project leaders will work closely with partners on the TEA programme, Energy Catalyst, Innovate UK and others who are either already active, or are interested in becoming active, in the bioenergy field in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The BSEAA team* is seeking to engage with developers, investors and policymakers to identify key challenges in bringing bioenergy technology and projects to SSA markets and address questions such as:

  • Which bioenergy project and technology developers are operating in SSA or are looking to do so?
  • What obstacles do developers face, or anticipate they will face, in their efforts to invest and operate in SSA?
  • What support can help address these obstacles, identify opportunities and reduce the risk of investing in bioenergy technology and projects in SSA?

If you are interested in getting involved or giving your views, please get in touch with Ankit Agarwal at or Mike Bess at

*The BSEAA team is led by LTS International with EBRI at Aston University, E4Tech and Aiguasol.

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